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Old 07-12-2009, 07:09 AM   #1
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Thinking of relocating info? Covelo/Round Valley

Mrs Riceless was surfing for jobs and found an opening in Covelo,Mendocino Co.

Anybody have any info or scary stories to tell about the area? I know the riding has got to be awsome but jobs for me are probably scarce.

It's gonna be 110ish here today.

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Old 07-12-2009, 07:43 AM   #2
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Nor Cal Mendo CO.

Let me just say this is my opinion and its what you asked for. You get what you pay for. No one reading this should take this for gospel or sci fi. Im a little skewed on my out look on things. Just my two cents.


Northern CA is a awsome place. Mendo is in a great location. Im in Napa County not too far from Mendo. Mendo is a BIG county with lots of out door stuff to be had. Mendo is far enough away from the "Bay Area" to not be effected by it (traffic, lots O people etc) as well as mind set. Mendo is on their own program when it comes to how the county is run. I would say its pretty liberal (Pot friendly) hippie influenced, laid back. It could be an easy place to live & jump on Hwy 101 for a commute to work if needed. Its got to be better than the High Desert.





RRsteves and Barefootbob are in that neck of the woods.





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Old 07-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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Covelo is about an hour away from any other city/town. The road in, from 101 is windy and narrow. All the other roads in/out are dirt.

Covelo has a bit of a reputation for being kinda rowdy but I don't know much more about it then that. It can be hot there too. 100 degrees is not out of the question during the summer, and hit and miss snow in the winter- especially in the higher elevations. There's lots of legitimate work up that way but the cash economy is bigger than anything else.

Like Corey said, there's loads of riding in the area.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:25 PM   #4
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Covelo is quaint, very quaint. Your closest town will be Willits about 40 miles or 1 hour drive, which is a nice Bohemian type of town.

Depending on what type of work you do, commuting will almost be a must since there isn't much in Covelo. Commuting on a bike out there would be a treat, off-road everywhere you look..
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:34 PM   #5
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Ted Simon lives there too.
I'd live in/near Willits and do the ride/drive everyday. It's purdy.
The closest Costco is Santa Rosa or Eureka, but Willits is fast getting all the accoutraments of a larger town. That part of the state identifies more with the Eureka area than the south, IMO
+1 on what was said above.
Best of luck on the new prospect.
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:03 PM   #6
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Though I like passing through and taking a break in Covelo, I wouldn't choose to live there. Out-of-work, looking homeless types wandering about the store and gas station. Keep in mind, I have two kids, so this isn't a place for me to live. I can imagine having a ranch out of the "downtown" area would be pleasant. Any shopping needed would be a twisty drive. As said before, only one asphalt road into town. Every other route turns to dirt. Great for riding, not too hot for driving a four wheeler. Just my $0.045 worth...
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:49 PM   #7
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Wow, thanks for all the responses guys. The descriptions sound like what I had imagined.

Beautiful, good riding, poor economy, with the inhabitants consisting of unemployed loggers, gardeners, and chemists.

The job my wife was looking at was for a teacher. She said the person she spoke with about the opening sounded pretty desperate.

Guess it's true that if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

Thanks again for the info/opinions.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:05 PM   #8
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There's a good sized indian reservation which makes up one end of town more or less,small inflatable looking casino located there. Off road opportunitys are endless for long dirt loops going all over the mountains out there.
Very quiet tiny town when I pass through,some big ranches and a championship Bull raising ranch that looks real well to do. One gas station,one real store,not much there but living away from town towards the mountains would be real quiet. Huge oak trees in one area that are beautiful,must be good year round spring there,Its 40 miles of gravel/dirt road when I ride there from Chico. Paved out the other way to 101.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:35 PM   #9
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hotter than hell in the summer. i haven't been in covelo since the 1970s, but it was pretty much a sketchy indian reservation town back then, and not much more. what everyone else said sounds pretty true. the roads in/out wash out frequently in the winter, too.
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:59 PM   #10
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I use to do a little quail hunting up there. I loved the land and nature up there, but have been really leary since the shootout. Say "Hi " to Bear Lincoln if you go up there. You aren't a deputy are you?
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:20 PM   #11
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I used to work for a company that owned the sawmill [long gone now]. I always kept a pistol under the seat when I had to go into the valley.

It is basically a desperately poor indian reservation, too far off the beaten path to get much revenue from the casino... population is native american mixed with back-woods growers/lab people, a few retirees tossed in... I think there are some vinyards starting in there now, haven't been there for awhile. Will probably ride in later this summer over the yolla-bolly's.

Round Valley bakes in summer, freezes in winter, often getting a dreary cloud cap over the top. Great deer hunting though...

Nearest town of any consequence is Willits... which is now has gridlocking traffic for most of the day... a real mess in itself.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:50 PM   #12
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Other people have more experience in the area than I, so I'll just add that in my time there I've never felt the least bit intimidated for any reason (not true way up in the NF above - we ran into some guys who obviously were growers, and were not too thrilled to have us around. But that's way up in the federal land).

The people I've dealt with (natives and anglos) have all been welcoming. Two years ago for the Sheet Iron, some local families set up a nice BBQ stand to feed the riders. The kids ran it while the adults supervised. Was really nice. Some long-time locals I've talked to said that the growers have changed things a lot there though - it's less friendly than it used to be, according to them.

It's already been mentioned that Ted Simon lives there. A guy I know in Petaluma, who makes his living as a plumber, also lives part time up there - he loves it and would spend full time there if he could find enough work.

Just trying to offer a little balance. I myself would not choose to live there -- I need a better balance between country/outdoors and city/culture.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:23 AM   #13
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Covelo is sort of the ghetto of Mendocino Co.

And the Native locals can be a real tough crowd. I've met a few teachers that used to work there and they could not wait to get out. Students are not the most motivated and their are a few actual "blood feuds" between Native families that result in very real violence on campus occasionally. Maybe if you wanted to retire on a ranchette out of town a ways but to depend on making a living there, good luck. The Mendocino County Office of Education is laying off quite a few teachers and they don't seem to be flocking to Covelo if you know what I mean. But it is dualsport Nirvana otherwisw...
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