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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mail carrier Fred Olrich worked 12 hours yesterday, and he'll put in another dozen today. Five and a half hours of it will be spent heading up and down the hills of his Serra Mesa route with a 40-pound sack on his shoulders.

"I put in 69 hours last week," he said.

According to the post office, the busiest delivery day won't come until Wednesday.

"Can't beat it. You get paid to exercise," he said.

During his 20 years in the postal service, Fred's delivered in Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo and this is second call of duty in Serra Mesa.

"This is a real nice neighborhood," he said.

Like most mail carriers, he loves working outdoors, even if it comes with some natural hazards. For the record, he's been bite five times on the job, some requiring stitches.

"Ankles, arms, thighs," he said.

His least favorite day to deliver is Tuesday.

"Tuesday is Pennysaver day," he explained.

And Fred has noticed a change this holiday season.

"Not as many people sending Chrstmas cards. Christmas cards are down. But internet business for packages is up, enormous," he said.

Blocks become neighborhoods. Customers become friends.

"He's a good guy," a mail customer said.

Twelve-hour days reap their own personal rewards.

Some of the footage used in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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