I have some big news. After almost six months of searching and sending out 40+ applications, Sarah has accepted a job in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (pronounced like “Wilks berry”). It was a long, arduous search, but I’m proud of her for sticking with it.
Wilkes-Barre is a city of about 40,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania, although it’s part of a larger metro area with Scranton and some smaller towns. It’s situated between the Endless Mountains and the Pocono Mountains, about 2 hours from New York city, and two hours from Philly.
At this stage, I don’t know a lot about the city, or the area, but I’m learning. I will keep the job I have and work remotely. (I just realized this will mean no more commute! Horror of horrors! Oddly enough, I’ll actually miss my commute.)
I’m very excited about her job, and about living in a new place near some mountains, and exploring the area. It’s bittersweet, though, because we also love this area, and we’ll miss our families, friends, and riding buddies.
This will also mean finding all new cycling routes and mountain biking trails … I’ll miss some of the rides we have here, but I am betting that the mountains will provide all kinds of fun new challenges. I’m used to hills, and I enjoy them, but this will be taking it to the next level.
Also of note, we’re moving just late enough that I will be able to do my favorite ride of the year here, the Brown County Breakdown. It’ll be one last excellent hurrah with my mountain biking buddies (until I come back to visit). I won’t be able to ride the Hilly Hundred, but while that is also a fun ride, if I had to pick between the Breakdown and the Hilly, I’d choose the Breakdown every time.
It looks like we’ll be going to Wilkes-Barre next weekend, hopefully, to look at apartments and whatnot. It’s hard to believe this is really happening. It’s very exciting.