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Old 02-01-06, 06:17 AM   #1
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Anybody from/near Fairfax, Va (or Wash. DC)?

Ok....another possible job relocation possibility here. I went up and interviewed and from what little I saw, I really liked the area (and the company I interviewed with).

Anybody from this area? Maybe can give me details on the (road) cycling in the area? Are there a lot of nice trails?

Maybe answer some other (non-cycling) questions that may come to mind about this area?


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Old 02-01-06, 06:24 AM   #2
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Talk to Koffee, she's there now and in love with the area.

I, conversley, abhor it. But you will get to see snow.
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Talk to Koffee, she's there now and in love with the area.

I, conversley, abhor it. But you will get to see snow.
As I still may have the decision before me....I'd like to know your reasons for not liking it...they are just as valuable. You can PM them if you like.
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Fairfax, and all of northern Virginia, has experienced phenomenal growth. The problem is the road system hasn't kept up. The major roads are really congested and many don't have shoulders. So you have to pick your riding routes carefully.

That said, some of the riding is excellent. The W&OD path is a wide and well-maintained route that stretches from the Virginia side of the Potomac out 55 miles to the rural town of Purcerville. There are still lots of scenic and not too heavily traveled back roads to ride on. There's a local club called the Potomac Peddlers that have a large number of rides every weekend all over the area. If you're willing to drive an hour, the area has some of the most scenic riding anywhere. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Skyline Drive are an hour away to the west, rural Pennsylvania and Gettysburg to the north, the Chesapeake Bay to the east and Richmond to the south
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Fairfax, and all of northern Virginia, has experienced phenomenal growth. The problem is the road system hasn't kept up. The major roads are really congested and many don't have shoulders. So you have to pick your riding routes carefully...
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...rural Pennsylvania and Gettysburg to the north...
On the other hand, I'd be willing to meet you for a ride in some of the beautiful countryside nearby
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I have 20+ years experience with the WaMaVa area. For my tastes, it is too congested with humanity and all that accompanies it ...angst, pollution, more angst.

I do miss sailing in the Chesapeake, raw oysters and hard shell crabs.
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Potomac Peddlers (already mentioned) has lots of road rides...www.bikepptc.org. I find the area fantastic for bike commuting. I have a tri-state commute (that is, if you cheat and consider DC a state), 14 miles, great fun.

Northern Virginia is not my cup of tea, even though I work there. I like living in the area, however. It is mighty expensive, though, so make sure you do your homework before negotiating salary.
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I'm pretty happy here, but I prefer cities anyway. From DC, it's not too far out to farm country and some good rides with decent hills. Winter is relatively short (compared to Chicago or Boston), so that's a bonus.

Truly, it's expensive and if you have a family and are commuting into DC you will pay for the privilege of a short commute and good schools. Things are a little better if you're going to be working in the rim communities (Rockville MD or Reston VA).

Trails are all MUPs. Nice to ride in the winter or for commutes, but crowded on weekends.

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I do miss sailing in the Chesapeake, raw oysters and hard shell crabs.
That's my weekends - boating and biking. I live in No Va and work mostly downtown in DC. But weekends consists of riding by the Bay, going out boating, and eating seafood and drinking beer.
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My "dream" is Seattle....and if I moved there, I'd surely come down for a visit, sis.
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Thanks for the info. The company is in Fairfax. BTW....tell Santa to get a little bit closer so I can kick him in the chin!
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The area has one of the better paved-trail networks, with the W&OD, Capital Crescent, Mt. Vernon, and Custis trails being the primary ones. They're all heavily travelled on weekends. If you are able to commute on them, they are a dream come true, with not that much traffic during commuting hours.

Regular roads, including rural ones as far out as Loudon county, are heavily travelled. I would think you'd have to go about 10 miles west of Leesburg before you found good roads that were reasonably bike friendly.

If you like urban riding, you might like the area. I live on a residential "blue" street as plotted on the WABA bike map (which means they consider it bike friendly), and I see dozens of bikers, of all types, going by my house on weekends.
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I have 20+ years experience with the WaMaVa area. For my tastes, it is too congested with humanity and all that accompanies it ...angst, pollution, more angst.

I do miss sailing in the Chesapeake, raw oysters and hard shell crabs.
I went to High School in Culpeper VA

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If I were you I would rent an apartment within walking distance of where you work and you will need a car to drive your bike the hell out of there for rides. I lived in Fairfax very near Rt123 and Silverbrook Rd and that was over 10 years ago I cannot even imagine what it would be like now

Having said that I will be going up there this weekend and riding with some of the Squadra Coppi guys so it will be interesting to see what it's like.
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If I were you I would rent an apartment within walking distance of where you work
That would be nice....but an apartment would be difficult with my two greyhounds. I really want a house with a fenced back yard to rent until I know the area better so I can judge where would be best fo rme to live.

Still....this is all "if" I am offered the position and "if" I accept it.

Now Amazon (Seattle) is calling me back again........this is too darn hectic!
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Rt123 and Silverbrook Rd and that was over 10 years ago I cannot even imagine what it would be like now
The worst part of my commute is along 123. At night, I sidewalk it on 123 as it's just not safe and the drivers are way too angry and frustrated from sitting in miles of traffic. Thankfully I only have to ride that stretch for a mile or so.
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Terrible terrible traffic and massively over priced real estate. But nice bike trails.
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That would be nice....but an apartment would be difficult with my two greyhounds. I really want a house with a fenced back yard to rent until I know the area better so I can judge where would be best fo rme to live.

Still....this is all "if" I am offered the position and "if" I accept it.

Now Amazon (Seattle) is calling me back again........this is too darn hectic!
Expect to pay a lot.
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I lived there for three years, I found the cycling to be quite nice, I lived right off Rock Creek Park, so that made it easier. As far as livability, I found it VERY stressfull, very stimulating (lots of things to do), and the climate with extremes of hot and cold, with lots of really nice days in between. After 3 years I wanted to get as far away as I could, so I moved to Hawaii, (a bit too far). Good Luck on the job!
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