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Moving back to Indiana

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Well, it’s official: we’re moving back to Bloomington, Indiana later this year — probably in October.

For those of you who started reading my blog recently, we moved here (near Wilkes-Barre, PA) from Bloomington last October when Sarah took a job in Wilkes-Barre. Since we moved here, we have enjoyed some wonderful adventures in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, we have found that while the surrounding land is beautiful, this city is not for us. I could go into dozens of things we don’t like, but I don’t think that would be productive.

When we started talking about moving away from this city, we considered looking at various other areas, but we quickly found that every place we considered, we compared to Bloomington. Once we realized that, it didn’t take long to decide that we should simply move back. Here are a few things we love about Bloomington:

  1. It’s near both of our families and friends.
  2. It’s a small town.
  3. It’s a college town. This is great not only because of the college itself but also because of all the culture and other things the university brings.
  4. There are lots of great recreational opportunities. It may lack the mountains we have here in PA, but things are more accessible there. Bloomington has at least four state parks and state forests and one national forest, all within a 30 minute drive (this means they’re all bikable, too).  If you go further, there are plenty more options. In contrast, here in PA we have to drive for at least an hour to get to most of the parks. And the Bloomington area is much more bike friendly than Wilkes-Barre.
  5. Bloomington feels like home.

We will certainly miss the beautiful mountains and rugged Pennsylvania terrain. But Bloomington is quite beautiful in its own right; it’s just not mountainous. In a lot of ways, this is advantageous. For instance, I’m really looking forward to being able to ride without every ride being an epic one. And the more accommodating terrain will make it easier for me to increase my mileage. At the same time, the Bloomington area is hilly enough to provide ample challenges.

All things considered, the move will be bittersweet. We are hoping we can make the most of the things Pennsylvania has to offer while we’re still here. Ultimately, though, we’re really looking forward to going home — and staying there.

15 Responses to “Moving back to Indiana”

  1. dvicci Says:

    Wow. I’m sorry the move didn’t work out for you, for no other reason than moving is no fun. However, having a clear sense of what you like, and being in a position to go for it is fantastic. Good luck!

  2. Apertome Says:

    Yeah, having to move again really sucks. The idea is that this will be the last move until we buy a house in a few years.

  3. mike Says:

    wow. life changes. hope you keep blogging and riding and photographing.

    and since you’ve already made up your mind… I won’t give you the hard sell for burlington, vt. 😉

    if you haven’t done so already – be sure to take a weekend and sneak north to the ADKs… and bring the camera.

  4. furiousBall Says:

    people always look at me crooked when i tell them how much i love jersey. but it’s that intangible home feeling that is difficult to really explain. good on you two for recognizing what makes you happy, and acting upon it.

  5. Chris Says:

    Hmm…after confessing geographic envy, you make an announcement to move to a place that sounds alot like where I live. I’ll count my blessings and look forward to future blog posts so we can compare notes. Best wishes for a smooth, easy transition.

  6. Bone Says:

    Wilkes-Barre rednecks too much for you?

  7. Scott Loveless Says:

    We need to fit in another S24O. You call it.

  8. Apertome Says:

    Bone: Indiana has plenty of rednecks. I’m used to dealing with them.

    Wilkes-Barre has a whole class of people I hadn’t encountered before. I wouldn’t call them rednecks, exactly, but I don’t know what I would call them. Coal miners? Urban rednecks? I’m really not sure. Yes, they can be difficult to handle.

    Scott: Definitely, I’m thinking about some possible locations. Not sure what the best option is yet.

  9. Ray Says:

    I’m not surprised. I lived in Pittsburgh for four years and State College (similar terrain to W-B) for two plus. No shoulders on most roads makes biking difficult. Taxes are high and services are low. The forests are pretty, but a cyclist would like southern Indiana better.

  10. Baump Says:

    Sorry to see you leave. The Harrisburg area EVEN seems more cosmopolitan (for lack of a better word) than some of the more northern parts of central PA. And I’m sure riding will be better without climbing a mountain every time. I can ride almost twice as far in the Cumberland Valley instead of near my home which is only 15 minutes from the valley. Good luck. I’ll keep reading and admiring your photos whereever they are from.

  11. Marty Says:

    Sorry to hear that you are leaving our fair state, without once being an extra in “The Office”. But seriously, I guess that pushes up the deadline for you, Van and I getting together, huh? How far are you from Delaware Water Gap?

  12. Jon Grinder Says:

    I can understand the move. I was just commenting to a friend, after I got back from my folks’ place in Tennessee, that Colorado is much more home to me than anywhere I’ve ever lived. I think that part of that is the fact that this is the only place I’ve ever actually chosen to live. Everywhere else was either a childhood move (you pretty much just go where the family goes when you are 10) or a move due to a job opporunity.

    Follow your heart, and the rest of you will be happy.

  13. John Says:

    Click your heels three times and say,
    “there’s no place like home
    there’s no place like home
    there’s no place like home”

    then wait for the room to start spinning.

  14. Bill Lambert Says:

    Something about the Hoosier air that draws one home. We lived in beautiful northern Wisconsin for many years, but had a chance to move back home to Indiana and so we did. I still miss Wisconsin, but Indiana is home. Welcome home!

  15. tim Says:

    Well, I’m sorry to hear of your disappointment with the new locale, but I can’t deny that I’ll be the first to invite you on a RCCS ride in the fall once you’re closer. I would love to meet you half-way between Bloomington and Louisville for a S24O or do a nice IN mixed-terrain. Good luck with everything.

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