City living, with access to the country.

I like where we live. I grew up in the big metro areas of Pittsburgh and Chicago. I spent most of my adult life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St Paul until we moved to Duluth, Minnesota 14 years ago.

Don’t get me wrong I love big cities and I love Pittsburgh, Chicago and the Twin Cities. I just didn’t want to live my day to day life in all that congestion anymore. I don’t see myself as a country person either. Duluth seems to have the right mix for me. I can live in a metro area with a population of about 100,000 (when combined with Superior, Wisconsin) with all a city that size has to offer. And I can easily access the country. I can leave my house in the city and within 3 or 4 miles be out in the country. Country being defined as dispersed housing, no small lots or developments. I can even find more remote areas by traveling as little as 10 or 12 miles. Remote being defined as 20 or more miles between services like convenience stores.

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Today I went up over the hill and fairly quickly was out in the country. It’s amazing how easy it is to find low traffic roads this close to a city. Living in Chicago this would not be possible. You may have to load up a bike on a car and drive for 2 hours to come even close to this. I really need this kind of access to quiet areas closer to nature for my own happiness. Duluth offers that for me.

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This person had every maple tree on their property tapped for syrup. It’s at least a month early this year. IMG_3197.JPG

Today my city commuter bike doubled as a country bike.

Happy riding.

5 thoughts on “City living, with access to the country.

  1. capejohn March 13, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    I agree with your sentiment about location. I can ride easily to the suburbs, the city, the country and the waterfront. All within a few minutes of pedaling. You and I have it pretty good.

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  2. Pondero March 13, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Yes, that looks to be a great situation. I’ve got the quick access to country riding and remoteness, but my employer is a very weary distance away. My commute is brutal, and there’s no solution in sight.

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    • capejohn March 14, 2016 / 5:37 am

      Pondeero: My work commute was 40 miles. The solution was to drive 30 miles and bike the rest. I had four different commute distances depending on the season and weather conditions.

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      • Pondero March 14, 2016 / 7:28 pm

        Good idea. I wondered about that. Where did you park your auto? If you had multiple options, it seems like I should be able to find at least one, but harder than I thought.

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  3. adventurepdx March 14, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    I feel like I get the access to country and city living in Portland. While it may take a little longer biking straight from my house to the country, I can easily take the MAX light rail to expedite things. An hour transit ride, then a couple miles riding, and BAM, I’m in the country!

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