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Old 03-12-19, 12:24 PM
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Starting to look at retirement locations

Still a ways to go, but looking to start visiting some places in search of a retirement spot. Looking for somewhere within 60/90 minutes drive of the coast, anywhere from Va Beach to Jacksonville FL. Looking for lots of quieter roads, plenty of variety, but no mountains, rolling hills at most. Tried to look at various routes on RidewithGPS, but hard to tell just how busy the roads are, etc. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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There are a lot of quiet less traveled places around Jacksonville, Fl. The local bike club , North Florida Bicycle Club, has a fairly large group that has rides every day of the week. You can look on their website NFBC.us and see some of their routes.

Also there is a club just north of the state line in Camden county, Ga. I would do a google search on them also. Cannot remember the name of the club. The area around Jax and south Georgia is pretty flat.
Going West around I-75 and I-10, just north of that junction are several small towns that are active in bicycling. You can get into some rolling hills in that area.
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Thanks, the bike club sites help, I'll check them out.
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Originally Posted by JAJ0404 View Post
Still a ways to go, but looking to start visiting some places in search of a retirement spot. Looking for somewhere within 60/90 minutes drive of the coast, anywhere from Va Beach to Jacksonville FL. Looking for lots of quieter roads, plenty of variety, but no mountains, rolling hills at most. Tried to look at various routes on RidewithGPS, but hard to tell just how busy the roads are, etc. Any ideas would be appreciated.
You want gentle hills - some spots 90 minutes from the coast are pancake flat and wouldn't be what I consider good riding area. (e.g, the further south you go in your range you say to Jax) I would think that more north, in Virginia and North Carolina would have much better biking terrain. Then I google mapped, and was drawn to Charlottesville, VA. I remember reading in the past year that this is a great place to retire. That's my answer. I do ride in the SW corner of VA a couple of times a year, and it's a very nice area with some prime rails to trails options.
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You want gentle hills - some spots 90 minutes from the coast are pancake flat and wouldn't be what I consider good riding area. (e.g, the further south you go in your range you say to Jax) I would think that more north, in Virginia and North Carolina would have much better biking terrain. Then I google mapped, and was drawn to Charlottesville, VA. I remember reading in the past year that this is a great place to retire. That's my answer. I do ride in the SW corner of VA a couple of times a year, and it's a very nice area with some prime rails to trails options.
I can deal with a flat ride but you're right, I don't want a steady diet of it every ride. I realize living that close to the coast it is going to be flatter, I guess in my mind I'm living 60-90 minutes away and riding more to the west of where I live most days. Who knows, so far this is all in my head any way. I am more drawn to the NC area, I wouldn't object to Southern VA, I lived in DC for about a decade so I'm familiar with NOVA and that's not what I'm looking for, I'm looking for much quieter day-today living. I'll definitely add Charlottesville to my list of places to check out, thanks for the suggestion.
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We might be really flat here in N. Fl. ,but we have steady wind. I prefer a short rolling hill to battling a 10 mph wind for 10 or more miles. Being retired and having a camper, I can go places and ride , then take a nap in the camper. Move if I want and do it all over again the next day.
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