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Old 07-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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May be relocating to Charlottesville, VA ...any info would be helpful!

So the title pretty much says it all, I am evaluating a potential job in the University of VA Healthcare system that would be out of their main campus in Charlottesville. I have done the usual research online though the town/state/employer website about the area but I want to hear what actual people have to say about the area. Motorcycles are one of my passions in life and am curious to see what others have to say regarding the area and on/off road friendliness of the state. For the purpose of this thread the majority of my riding is dual sport and street oriented with plated bikes although I have off road exclusive bikes as well. Also how's the ADV following around there....I may have to arrange a M&G to buy you guys some beer and figure out the local riding Thanks for any insight.

Oh yeah, any neighborhoods to stay out of? Kinda hard looking at places to rent/lease/buy in an area your not familiar with. I like my bikes and want them to stay in my possession until I decide otherwise.

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Old 07-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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Lots of good riding here IMHO but I was born here. Plenty of gravel, paved backroads, Forest service roads, mountains, flatlands, Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive, etc. Not bad for the variety and scenery.
Limited true offroad opportunities.
Neighborhoods are generally pretty safe all around compared to some places. Traffic has become a real PITA, lots of population influx with no road improvements. You'll find Real Estate pricey in town, somewhat less so in Albemarle or the surrounding Counties but more than some folks anticipate. Taxes are cheap compared to many places up north (or Texas for that matter). PM me if you have specific questions.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #3
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I just moved Charlottesville! Where's the dirt? Looking for as much off-road as the area has to offer. I can find the good road rides... I think. I'm looking for the good off-road/dirt areas. I've heard the GWNF is a good place to start. Where else should I explore? I'm happy to be shown if that's easier.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:52 PM   #4
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So the title pretty much says it all, I am evaluating a potential job in the University of VA Healthcare system that would be out of their main campus in Charlottesville...
well, they let this Cheesehead into the Commonwealth, what's one more. take the job, escape those Wisconsin taxes. more agreeable climate too, and a longer riding season. the DS riding in the area is great, plated bike required. many inmates to show you around.

you won't regret the move. you'll be mowing the grass in the Commonwealth when the windchill is still -50 in Altoona.
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Old 07-05-2014, 05:41 PM   #5
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I'm no cheesehead. Just a Montanan looking for a good time while I'm in Charlottesville so any input appreciated.
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Old 07-05-2014, 05:52 PM   #6
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I'm no cheesehead. Just a Montanan looking for a good time while I'm in Charlottesville so any input appreciated.
ok Montana, start watching the Catherders, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, NOVA riders threads. on any given day of the week, somebody is riding.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:04 PM   #7
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Copy that cheesehead, subscribed. Thanks.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:35 PM   #8
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Get in on the richmond va thread and there is always someone headed to Nelson or Amherst counties to ride.

Where are you in Albemarle ? I used to live in Scottsville.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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Richmond va chatter thread.

P's I can help you with insurance if you need an agent.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:49 PM   #10
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The wife put us in "the city of". I can't complain, spent a lot of time living out of town in other towns, and it's a nice change to be able to walk to town/restaurants/bars... I'm an outside dog that belongs in the sticks... But I digress...
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:55 AM   #11
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Search in Google "Albemarle colonial roads vdot" that will give you a bunch of back road exploring and a primer on colonial history.

Note 600 series roads are usually tar and chip. 700 series are often gravel.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:19 PM   #12
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If you need any help past what the rest of these guys have offered, feel free to PM. I'm a transplant a few years into living in the area and am actually attempting to purchase a house myself. I lived in town my first 2 years and have now done 2 in the sticks in Ivy.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:00 AM   #13
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Good for you!
Great area to live and play. I seriously doubt you will be disappointed. Motorcycling heaven and a great place to raise a family. Well educated community with lots going on.
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