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Sedro Woolley?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by kidwoo, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. kidwoo

    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Checking out a job up there.


    Riding: suburban interstate exit hell, or something I could live with?


    Any info greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel There is no Justice!

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    You will be:

    a ~5 hour drive from Whistler...

    a ~2.5 hour drive from Galbraith...

    that much closer to Black Rock...

    I've never actually ridden down in that area.... :(:think:
     
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  3. kidwoo

    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Blackrock?

    We're talkin 70 miles north of seattle right? (sedro woolley I mean)

    I'd be hard pressed to drive past seattle to go ride blackrock.


    I can keep my sanity if there's any sort of good trailriding to do in an afterwork sense I think.

    I can save the big bike riding for weekends.
     
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    Secret Squirrel There is no Justice!

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    I'm an idiot...totally messed up my geography.

    Just looked at a map...that usually helps...

    Count that as 3 hours to whistler...black rock...well...that's a bit farther.

    You'd be a stone's throw away (like a 20 minute drive depending on traffic) from Galbraith...there's a bunch of building going on up there.

    There's probably some opportunity off of either Highway 9 or Highway 20 (the North Cascades Highway)...

    Also, Steven's Pass (Highway 2...a bit south) is planning a bike park, a la Whistler, to break ground soon.

    (For reference, I'm 20 miles northeast-ish of Seattle proper)
     
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    That's kind of what I thought. Dinky town that no one knows about. I just looked for bike shops and didn't find any.

    Typically not a good sign.
     
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    Secret Squirrel There is no Justice!

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    I believe there are a couple small shops in Mount Vernon and there are a few really good ones in Bellingham (near Galbraith).

    Depending on what you're looking for, it's a really nice area. Close enough to Seattle that you can make the trek if you want, but far enough out so you don't have to deal with a lot of yuppies. And you get nature.
     
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    You guys just assuming he's only a huckster?

    http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

    Lots of places to ride around there. ACFL and Blanchard in addition to Galby :thumb: and the others mentioned.

    Victoria Tract just south of there from May 1 to Nov 1 and real good XC if you don't mind horse nuggets here and there.

    A little bit away is also Moran on Orcas Island seasonally and Fort Ebey on Whidbey.

    Walker Valley south of there is moto land but some of the lesser trails can be fun. Super muddy in the winter though.
     
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    I think it would be quite a departure from what you're used to.

    What job could you possibly be looking at in Sedro Wooley?
     
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    What would take you to Skid-row Woolley?
     
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Which is what I'm afraid of, but then again what wouldn't be a departure besides canadia?

    It would actually be the same job/lateral move. Why they chose to put an office there I have no idea.

    I'd lose some lift access in both summer and winter but I have front derailleurs and a snowmobile. Life on the cascade highway can't be that bad right?

    Thanks for the info borneo and trik
     
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    Woo,

    If you end up seriously looking at this job, hit me up and I'll give you a proper tour. I'm in B'ham nowadays and have been toiling in the dirt a little bit. ;)

    Also, something to keep in mind......you could easily work in Sedro Woolley and live in Bham or Burlington or Mt. Vernon.

    Holla.
    EB
     
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    I'd hit it
     
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    Definitely be worth it. There is a ton of riding around there that will be right up your alley.. I've seen your vids online. You'll be right at home. Hook up with EB and he'll show you around. Keep in mind he really just wants another trail building slave in the end. ;)
     
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    word..
    the traffic up north is nothing like it is down south :X
     
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    You haven't seen me when I get going on a project. He'd run. :D


    Thanks for the info guys. I'll take it the next step.
     
  16. ebxtreme

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    Ouch, that really hurts, LXC! :happydance:

    Woo, look me up if you come and check out the area. You can decide on the quality of the riding for yourself.

    EB
     
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    sedro woolley is pretty redneck/ upriver, actually skagit county is more that way than north or south of there. I lived in burlington for 2 yrs, worked in sedro wooley. was ok but had to drive 20-30min in any direction to ride, and not much going on. more of a bedroom community,

    lots more people(riders) in bellingham and more to do. cost of living is slightly higher in bellingham though.
     
  18. Westy

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    Necromancing this thread as I am considering a job in Sedro-Wooley. My intent would be to live on the southern end of Bellingham and commute. Currently living in Seattle but feel imprisoned by the lack of nearby riding and the terrible traffic. Prefer small town life. I have heard good things about B'Ham but have never been there. I am attracted by the closeness to the Cascades for hiking and skiing, and the potential of local riding. I also like the access to the water, would consider purchasing a friends boat for trips into the islands. I generally like all kinds of riding from road to big mountain stuff. Historically I have been leary of any riding where my wheels leave the ground but as a transplant from rural Va I realize my hesitation comes from lack of proper feature design and have started to warm up to jumps/drops when riding the well built trails in the Seattle area.

    What is the vibe in B'ham?
     
  19. boostindoubles

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    ah crap another transplant...but honestly I'm sure you'll love it up here, lots of trails your wheels don't leave terrafirma(how my wife likes to ride too...) i don't know much about relating seattle to b'ham though as i never lived down there...i think B'ham is quiet enough, but i know there are shows an stuff since it is a college town, just not my thing anymore

     
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    Call Andy at Skagit Pedal Sports in Anacortes. He lives by Sedro Woolley. They have a CX race there in the fall and the town is laid back. There are a few bikers up there that have their own stuff. Give it a chance.
     
  22. ebxtreme

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    Funny to see this thread pop up.... I was sure it was Kidwoo chiming in with a new job opportunity. Come on, Woo....get your sh!t together!

    I think you should probably spend a day or three up here before you decide. Most love it, some decide it's not for them. Commuting to Sedro from B'ham isn't a biggie if you've dealt with any sort of big-city commute times.

    As for the vibe, I guess that depends on what you're looking for. I was one of those transplants as well, so my advice to anyone moving to a smaller town is to inject yourself and become part of making that town a better place to live. Access to recreation and trails were a big driver for us to move out of Seattle and I made sure to help as frequently as possible on traildays and other projects in the mt. bike community. In turn, it's given us a great group of friends and we're making inroads with some future trail projects.

    EB

     
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    I got another job offer back in Seattle that blows away the one in Sedro so it is no longer a consideration.
     
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    Good on ya. For sure the hardest part of living in our area is making a wage where you can easily support your family. In the end, that's the biggest reason why a lot of folks don't move here.

    That said, I don't miss my 45 minute drives to ride and build at Tokul or sitting in traffic to get anywhere. I'm extremely fortunate though in the fact that I can work from anywhere.

    Cheers,
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    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

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    Shlt's together son. Just waiting for the employer now.

    Bummed Westy won't be around. Come on westy, seattle sucks. Let's invade b'ham..........together
     
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    Would much rather be up there than in Seattle but everything about the Seattle job is better. However I haven't accepted that job yet as I am hoping to get an offer from a pharmaceutical company back in Virginia. Could move back into my old house and would be working near some rad trails.
     
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    That's what I'm talkin' about!