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Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:36 pm
by thewalrus
ryguy79 wrote:I guess this explains the ride in Victoria that I saw on Strava. I should pop in here more often.

Looks stunning.


haha - yep.

Of course I'm still in Edmonton. But my wife is in Victoria, she has a job out there, and we bought a place in Victoria that contains all my worldly possessions.

In true AF fashion, however, I'm still here in Edmonton. Living in my in-law's condo. In the middle of winter. With a plate, a fork, and a cup. Applying for jobs though, and once I get one I'm out there.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:50 am
by ryguy79
Sounds like a good time...I hope you get a new job soon.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 3:39 pm
by thewalrus
And it looks like I'm out. Accepted a verbal offer yesterday. Getting my official letter today... starting on June 5th and taking a week off in between.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 9:34 pm
by tut
Yay that's exciting!

You must've been getting worried, taking so long, I bet?

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 3:04 pm
by Arthur Dent
Cool. Nice part of the world. Nicer than Edmonton for sure!

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 2:32 pm
by thewalrus
tut wrote:Yay that's exciting!

You must've been getting worried, taking so long, I bet?


Man... you're telling me. I just signed the offer letter - so, it looks like it's formally done now.

Of course, the public service being the public service, there is still a 5 day appeals period for unsuccessful applicants.

That, I don't get. Even IF you have a legitimate claim, who would actually want that job? It's clear that they really don't want you, and on day one you've already undermined your boss.

Ah well - booked my ticket, I'm out there on May 27th.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 2:44 pm
by thewalrus
Arthur Dent wrote:Cool. Nice part of the world. Nicer than Edmonton for sure!


haha oh man - yeah. I don't mind Edmonton. It's nice enough. I suppose. But I have to imagine this'll be a step up - especially since I've wanted to live on the ocean since I was, like, 0.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 2:26 am
by the_edge
That looks gorgeous. Congrats Wally :D

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 1:54 pm
by thewalrus
Two more days and I'm on the coast....


... apparently my wife has signed me up for a half marathon on the 28th. I haven't been training.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:17 pm
by Arthur Dent
Its only a HALF marathon. How hard can it be? :mrgreen:

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:55 pm
by Turbojett
I dunno, when I ran track in HS, I was used to short sprints like 100 & 200m. My coach thought it would be a good idea to put me in a 400m sprint and I almost died.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:56 pm
by Turbojett
...well, I mean, not actually, but...

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:10 am
by ryguy79
I don't feel like starting a thread. But we just met with a realtor. Putting our house up for sale. Then I guess I need to find a job. Easier for my wife. Time to start a new career. Hopefully done with cubicles. I sorta want to make wine.

So anyway, we're going to try to move somewhere near Traverse City. Back to the mitten but at least the best part. I will miss the mountains but it could be worse.

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Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:24 pm
by thewalrus
ryguy79 wrote:I don't feel like starting a thread. But we just met with a realtor. Putting our house up for sale. Then I guess I need to find a job. Easier for my wife. Time to start a new career. Hopefully done with cubicles. I sorta want to make wine.

So anyway, we're going to try to move somewhere near Traverse City. Back to the mitten but at least the best part. I will miss the mountains but it could be worse.

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That's awesome man! Looks like a gorgeous area - and living near the water is the best. Probably ton of good kayaking around there - to go with the cycling. I wonder what it would actually take to get into wine making - lots of good vineyards in southern Ontario, so I imagine the climate is right for it, there, too.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:00 pm
by ryguy79
Tons of vineyards around Traverse City. It might be a pipe dream, but I think I'd enjoy it. Lots of good microbreweries too.

Met with realtor again looking at comps and houses in our area and price range are selling on average in a week or less. So this might go fast. House hits the market the 28th. Looking forward to having a nice down payment on the next house.

I just registered for the iceman cometh challenge, the mtb race pictured. 30 mile point to point XC race, 5000+ racers, including lots of pros. First weekend in November. I'll be racing against a college friend I saw listed in the registration for my age group, one of the guys I rode with when I was just getting into mountain biking. So that will be cool. Already reconnected with him after I saw his name.

Excellent area for sea kayaking, lots of rivers too but only one whitewater river that I know of with really only a couple rapids. So I'll evenually need a sea kayak or a SUP. Probably kayak though for long distances, but I think a river SUP would be great fun too. For sea kayaking there's the relatively protected arms of Grand Traverse Bay (aerial pic) the open water lake michigan, the manitou islands, and tons of beautiful big inland lakes as well. I could get into this: https://youtu.be/G9Nmmxd9BRk

Cycling is good there. We vacationed there last summer and I only took my road bike and enjoyed it. Inland hilly rides, plus long lakefront bike paths as well. Lots of gravel routes. Multiple groomed fatbike trails in winter and a fatbike winter race series. Lots of summer XC racing as well. Lift served DH at Boyne Highlands an hour north. Multi-day bikepacking routes on the North Country Trail.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:30 am
by ryguy79
House here in Colorado is under contract, closes on the 28th. Wen under contract in 2 days for above asking price. Making a tidy little profit. Enough to have a really nice down payment and be basically debt free except mortgage.

My wife got a job for a hospital in Traverse City, MI, doing in home speech therapy just like she does here so we had a little wiggle room on where to buy since she'll be driving around regardless.

Buying a house in Bellaire, Michigan. Its in the northern part of the lower peninsula, a little inland east of Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. About 3 hours north of home and all its sadness, but close enough that the kids can see family with some regularity. Also in the same general area where my dad plans to retire in a few years. Its a neat little town of about 1000 people. Home to Short's Brewing pub/music venue and a few decent little restaurants, a 2 screen movie theater, a bike/paddle/xc ski outfiitter. Hopefully that's enough. A couple ski areas nearby as well so its not completely dead in the winter. We are buying in a little development about a mile from the actual town. Wide enough shoulder to ride bikes to town safely. Nice place with common areas for kids to play, playgrounds, beach volleyball court, horseshoes, etc. Common beach on Lake Bellaire is about a 5 min walk. 1 mile from driveway to nearest trailhead at Glacial Hills trail network, which is as good as mountain biking gets in the lower peninsula. 31 miles of singletrack. Open in winter for snowshoeing and xc skiing as well as a groomed 8 mile loop for fatbikes. The lake is part of the chain of lakes, which is a bunch of lakes connected by little rivers eventually leading to grand traverse bay on lake michigan. So I'm already shopping for a sea kayak. Also smack dab in michigan's wine country.

I'm still looking for a job. Hopefully I'll find one related to bikes, beer, or wine.

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Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:09 pm
by Pennzoil GT-R
Looks nice. I've been hankering after living back in the countryside after so many years in cities

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:24 pm
by ryguy79
I'm mid move right now, staying at my in-laws until we close on the new place. in two weeks. ugh.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:29 pm
by Turbojett
That sounds really cool though, making your own wine. I'm actually kinda excited for you. 'Specially for that view of the countryside. Gorgeous land.

Re: So I'm moving to Victoria

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:47 am
by thewalrus
ryguy79 wrote:I'm mid move right now, staying at my in-laws until we close on the new place. in two weeks. ugh.



Dude 2 weeks is kids play. I stayed in my in-laws place for 7 months before moving out here.