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Friday, September 26th, 2008

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.

11 Responses to “Moving!”

  1. furiousball Says:

    oh wow, you guys won’t be far from your favorite angry blue bowling ball you know?

    WB has an AHL team (Penguins Affiliate) and the Yankees farm team too. In addition… Wilkes-Barre (IPA: /ˈwɪlksbɛrə/ or /-bɛri/) is the central city of the Wyoming Valley and county seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1769 and formally incorporated in 1806, the city has an estimated population of 43,123, according to the 2000 census.

    The city and valley are framed by the Pocono Mountains to the east, the Endless Mountains to the west and the Lehigh Valley to the south. The Susquehanna River flows through the center of the valley and defines the northwestern border of the city.

  2. Apertome Says:

    True, not that far at all!

    Thanks Van, you are a veritable walking Wikipedia of information,

  3. Bone Says:

    Woo Hoo! Welcome to Pennsylvania. There are a couple of rails-to-trails in that area. And I’m sure there are tons of mountain biking trails too.

    Watch out for the bears in the poconos, they eat boy scouts.

  4. Apertome Says:

    Thanks … uh … Bone. Hehe. Was the rails to trails one supposed to link to something?

  5. Tim Says:

    dude, way to bash my dreams for a C.IN. summer epic. congrats to you both.

  6. Myles/ rattrappress Says:

    I look forward to the photos of your new routes. I always enjoyed moving. A change of scenery from time to time is a good thing.

  7. Doug Says:

    Good things always happened whenever I’ve relocated. I lived in Pittsburgh during my road racing years. But that’s a long way from where you’re going. You’ll be near the AT. Good luck to the two of you!

  8. Jon Grinder Says:

    Hey, congratulations. My sister lives in Western Pa. (Mercer, to be exact). Waht I’ve seen of the state, I like.

    Here’s to a smooth and happy move!

  9. Americanson Says:

    Sweet! Mountains to climb and places to bike camp. We have been looking for jobs in Utah to do the same. Congrats on the new job!

  10. Joy Strain Says:

    Hey, Jon Grinder’s sister here (Joy) (that’s my name, by the way, not another greeting),

    I don’t know how to put in a link, but here is the rails to trails site for PA that I use. http://www.gis.dcnr.state.pa.us/railtrails//oneTrail.aspx?name=Pine+Creek+TRAIL&RegID=2

    Welcome to PA (even though you will be pretty far from us). If you come in on I-80, wave at us when you pass the Mercer exit (the second one in PA, I think).


  11. Apertome Says:

    Thanks, Joy, for the welcoming words, and the excellent link. The Pine Creek Trail looks awesome!

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