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Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« on: September 20, 2021, 12:57:24 PM »
We have relatives near Lynchburg Virginia and often thought about possibly relocating there. I was wondering if anyone from this forum lives near there and can tell me what it’s like in that area of Virginia?

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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2021, 03:06:54 PM »
I passed through there last spring. Went downtown to a nice brew pub for an IPA. Very pleasant old town area. Seemed like a nice town from me. Always wondered how it got named though.
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2021, 03:24:03 PM »
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There are a dozen or so Guzzi riders (that I know of) in the Lynchburg area. What kind of info are you looking for? If facts & figures I'd prefer you sent me a list of questions via email "ronkom(at)vaguzzi(dot)com" so I have time to make sure of my answers. In general, I grew up 30 miles East of Pittsburgh, & have 5 siblings living there...but I'm here & have no desire to live there again.  In Western Pa. we had "3 months of high summer & 9 months of crap" (IMPO). Even though we're not that much further South the mountains modulate the weather such that we have 3 months of winter & 9 months of pretty decent weather here. Most of the regular attendees at my monthly Guzzi lunches ride year round. Send me an email, I'll answer all I can. We can also jaw on the phone (434)993-3841 It's a land-line (yea I'm THAT old!). We get so many trash-spam calls that we only answer if we recognize who's calling, so, if no answer please leave a message.
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2021, 03:34:04 PM »
Our Corp HQ is there I have spent several months there. The people are very nice, it is a typical small city with  a slower pace of life. All the big box stores are there, pretty much everything you need. It is the home of Liberty University, so the majority of the locals are very religious and very conservative. There is very imited employment opertunitys and it does get cold during the winter months and HOT during the summer. Several people I know moved there from western NY and they like it.  I am not religious or conservative and I liked it also.  Down sides to VA. In general are personal property tax on cars,boats,bikes trailers, etc. Sales tax on everything including bulk food.

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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2021, 04:30:26 PM »
I live in Lynchburg, VA.  Great place.  Escaped from the outskirts of Rochester NY back in 1987.  Love it here, never even thought about moving back for a second.

Great weather, great scenery, great people.

Shoot me your phone number via PM and I'll give you a call.

Don't believe RonKom about 3 months of winter down here.  Although I will grant him that winter is relative.  Rarely do we even get two weeks of Rochester NY winter per year.

Regarding taxes, not sure about PA, but everyone I know in Upstate NY would love it if their property taxes were equal to twice or 3 times my property and personal property taxes combined.
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2021, 08:00:57 PM »
Good info. I will make those phone calls. Thanks
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2021, 09:03:06 PM »
Regarding taxes, IIRC I pay about $1300 a year on a house accessed at about $140,000.  yep, I'm poor white trash.

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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2021, 09:16:25 PM »
I went to college about 70 miles north of there in Charlottesville. Wonderful people, gorgeous mountains and killer riding roads.  If it had an ocean I’d still be there. I think it’s gotten a lot busier since the 80’s though. Definitely worth a long look.
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2021, 09:51:57 PM »
Great little city, and wonderful area, great roads. I bought my retirement home just North in Rockbridge baths just East of Goshen Pass on US 39. That's where I will be when I grow old. I mean up.....
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2021, 08:05:39 AM »
Interesting, being from Upstate NY and its crappy NOV-MAR, and crappy humidity in July/Aug. It seems it is getting too hot/humid here in summer and too cold in the winter. We had double normal precipitation in July and HOT/HUMID. Normally 20 years ago the rainy summers would be cool which is Okay. Everyone was glad to see this summer behind.

I wonder just how hot is “hot” according to the vf84. Someone should make a US map of combined parameters days per year over 90° And over 65° dewpoint. Trouble is where do you go where it isn't worse.

Im a little fussy I guess.
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2021, 08:44:28 AM »
Interesting, being from Upstate NY and its crappy NOV-MAR, and crappy humidity in July/Aug. It seems it is getting too hot/humid here in summer and too cold in the winter. We had double normal precipitation in July and HOT/HUMID. Normally 20 years ago the rainy summers would be cool which is Okay. Everyone was glad to see this summer behind.

I wonder just how hot is “hot” according to the vf84. Someone should make a US map of combined parameters days per year over 90° And over 65° dewpoint. Trouble is where do you go where it isn't worse.

Im a little fussy I guess.

Fussy is good.  I'm from Monroe County, my wife's relatives are still in Montgomery County and Fulton County.  Lynchburg humidity is about the same as Montgomery County and much lower than Monroe County.

First summer I was down here the locals asked what I liked about the area.  One of my answers was "there are no mosquitoes around here!"  They were stunned by that answer.  They thought they knew about mosquitoes here.

Kinda like they thought they actually get snow here.....
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2021, 08:48:58 AM »
Fussy is good.  I'm from Monroe County, my wife's relatives are still in Montgomery County and Fulton County.  Lynchburg humidity is about the same as Montgomery County and much lower than Monroe County.

First summer I was down here the locals asked what I liked about the area.  One of my answers was "there are no mosquitoes around here!"  They were stunned by that answer.  They thought they knew about mosquitoes here.

Kinda like they thought they actually get snow here.....

Yep. Forest, VA is the area I was considering.
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2021, 10:05:08 AM »
Yep. Forest, VA is the area I was considering.

Technically, I live in the city of Lynchburg, about 4 houses from the line between the City of Lynchburg and Bedford County, but I have a Forest VA mailing address.

Bedford County property taxes are lower than Lynchburg, but the water prices are higher.  Last time I compared, one pretty much cancels out the savings of the other.

I suspect you will like it here, assuming you like your relatives.......
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2021, 11:56:30 AM »
What do woods riders do there? Are there any?

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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2021, 05:53:04 PM »
What do woods riders do there? Are there any?

Plenty of woods.  Woods riders?  You should probably do an internet search.

I seem to remember a group called Virginia Trail Riders, or Blue Ridge Trail Riders?

There is the Virginia Championship Hare Scrambles Series, and a couple other competition enduro organizations.

There is a 100 acre?  off road park about 30 miles south of here, I don't recall the name.

Hatfield McCoy trail system is a few hour away in WV, I think.

Good instance where the internet is your friend.
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2021, 03:25:57 PM »
I went to college about 70 miles north of there in Charlottesville. Wonderful people, gorgeous mountains and killer riding roads.  If it had an ocean I’d still be there. I think it’s gotten a lot busier since the 80’s though. Definitely worth a long look.

Charlottesville is great, have a good friend who lives there in one of the last large acreage farms that have been in her family for many years. Home prices are substantially higher than the Lynchburg area.  I'd live there if I could afford it or Richmond or Roanoke. 

My brother-in-law lives on a family farm outside of Appomatix which is nice but it's not for us, and my wife loves her brother but......
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2021, 10:14:25 PM »
I suggest that you look up, "Lynchburg, VA  City Data" and you'll get every statistic you could want to supplement personal observations from WGC members. 

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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2021, 06:18:03 AM »
Great little city, and wonderful area, great roads. I bought my retirement home just North in Rockbridge baths just East of Goshen Pass on US 39.   that's where I will be when I grow old. I mean up.....

Hell, when you retire, we'll almost be neighbors!!!  Hopefully we can get together to ride, BS, and solve the world's problems!!

There are infinite good roads in that area.  We did a 350 mile loop years ago, which I think included 39, 220, 219, and 250.

The phenomena you describe is very similar to NY state.  IMO, the biggest difference in ideology is between people who live in high population density areas and people who live in low population density areas.  Different worlds, different problems, different perspectives, different reactions to similar stimuli.  A lot of times, a move of 50 miles is as good as a move to another state, IMO. 

Much more a function of philosophy than the dreaded p-word from my perspective.  The difference between people who look other people in the eye and say hello to strangers vs people who do neither.  When my niece visited here after living in NYC for a few years she was shocked that I said hello to strangers and that strangers did the same to me.  I said "Knock off the NYC sophisticate act!  You grew up in a small town!"

Regardless of how Richmond or Albany go, life in most of the counties in either state won't change much.

IIRC, the county in which you plan to retire has mentioned seceding from VA to become part of WV not too long ago.  They might solve the problem before you even live there.

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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2021, 07:20:13 AM »
I have to say this thread gives me pause.  I to live in upstate NY (Walworth, east of Rochester).  I have hills, acreage, a barn and a great house. Unfortunately my current taxes on house etc, is over $9K/year.   Having just retired and increasingly sick of the aforementioned weather I have been thinking of relocating after a bit.
 I know the MidAtlantic AHRMA race series for offroad and motocross is active around there.   More time to ride wouldb e a huge benefit.   Thanks for starting the thread Willow Street  :thumb:

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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2021, 07:51:55 AM »
The political comment in this thread is still standing.

Why?
BC, I read all the post. The couple comments that touched on political views of the area were revenant to the information requested.
The only reason it will be necessary to remove it at this time is if you wish to make an argument over it.
 

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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2021, 08:18:56 AM »
I have to say this thread gives me pause.  I to live in upstate NY (Walworth, east of Rochester).  I have hills, acreage, a barn and a great house. Unfortunately my current taxes on house etc, is over $9K/year.   Having just retired and increasingly sick of the aforementioned weather I have been thinking of relocating after a bit.
 I know the MidAtlantic AHRMA race series for offroad and motocross is active around there.   More time to ride wouldb e a huge benefit.   Thanks for starting the thread Willow Street  :thumb:

Heating bills too. A house that needs 9k in taxes also needs $2-3k in heating bills. 

Still, if people keep moving away maybe the lower population will be worth the extra cost. The riding in some of the areas skirting the Catskills where it breaks into farmland are second to none. Same throughout New England where their enduro clubs also keep woods riding alive in hostile blue states. Just the crappy weather deters using it.
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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2021, 08:24:09 AM »
I have to say this thread gives me pause.  I to live in upstate NY (Walworth, east of Rochester).  I have hills, acreage, a barn and a great house. Unfortunately my current taxes on house etc, is over $9K/year.   Having just retired and increasingly sick of the aforementioned weather I have been thinking of relocating after a bit.
 I know the MidAtlantic AHRMA race series for offroad and motocross is active around there.   More time to ride wouldb e a huge benefit.   Thanks for starting the thread Willow Street  :thumb:

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After we were back on our way my wife remarked "That wouldn't happen back in NY!"

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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2021, 08:27:08 AM »
BC, I read all the post. The couple comments that touched on political views of the area were revenant to the information requested.
The only reason it will be necessary to remove it at this time is if you wish to make an argument over it.

Well said Dan.  Some people desire to censor the opinions of others more than they desire to learn why another person may have a different perspective.

To each their own!
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« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2021, 08:29:55 AM »
Heating bills too. A house that needs 9k in taxes also needs $2-3k in heating bills. 

Still, if people keep moving away maybe the lower population will be worth the extra cost. The riding in some of the areas skirting the Catskills where it breaks into farmland are second to none. Same throughout New England where their enduro clubs also keep woods riding alive in hostile blue states. Just the crappy whether deters using it.

You save a ton of money on cold weather clothing, boots, etc. also.  About 4-5 months of the year is tee shirt and shorts weather.  And mosquito repellent!!!
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2021, 08:54:39 AM »
The political comment in this thread is still standing.

Why?

BC, I read all the post. The couple comments that touched on political views of the area were revenant to the information requested.
The only reason it will be necessary to remove it at this time is if you wish to make an argument over it.


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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2021, 09:01:46 AM »

I wonder just how hot is “hot” according to the vf84. Someone should make a US map of combined parameters days per year over 90° And over 65° dewpoint. Trouble is where do you go where it isn't worse.


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Politics, unless this implies something else.

 
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Re: Lynchburg, VA: what’s it like there?
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2021, 09:19:55 AM »
Politics, unless this implies something else.

You are correct.  Upon further review,  a little cleanup has been performed.

We all know of Virginia's politics and have no need to discuss it here.

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« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2021, 09:50:57 AM »
  Why I live in the Finger Lakes area of NY is a long story but in short it was escape from NJ... :laugh:
 I live in the next town over from Petric Rocks..This area is all farms..Me and Pete have about the same acreage but his house is custom built...His taxes are twice what mine are..
 To make a comparison to Sir Ed, We have 12 acres, an old remodeled rather bland house with a 160k tax assessment. Yearly property taxes are about 4500 bucks...We heat primarily with wood so heating comparisons are not valid. Our electric is budgeted for $68 a month and we use about $500 yearly for propane for hot water and a rarely used furnace...
   And the road deicing chemicals destroy vehicles.....
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« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2021, 11:49:28 AM »
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..If you want to move do it before it's too late
True. Back in the day, Grandmother told me that the older you get the faster time goes. At the time, I thought, "just another of her BS stories.."  :rolleyes: but she was right. Time starts flying by..
Chuck in (Elwood) Indiana/sometimes SoCal

02 Scura RC
87 AeroLario
95 Skorpion tour
 
I think senility is going to be a fairly smooth transition for me..

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