After run #68 we went swimming!
As I talked briefly about in yesterday's post, I made a few observations about VA while we were there stay-cationing at the VA house.
I really like where we are now so VA has some mighty big shoes to fill!
background: We have a house in PA where the kids and I live. Hubbs has been live/working away due to his military/professional choices/obligations. We recently purchased a house in VA with the thought that this may be a place where the entire family might live (someday) while keeping our orginal home in PA for weekends and coming back since our families all live in PA.
My observations of VA (as defined as the area around our VA home not the entire state. I haven't run that far yet!) from a runners view point.
VA does not have berms or shoulders along the roads.
People in VA do not believe in mowing the road right-of-way along their property
VA DOT does not use weed/posion control in the road right-of-way
VA gets hot
VA DOT did not change the topology much when installing the road surface
People in VA do not think their dogs will bite
VA does not provide any opportunity if you need to "cop-a-squat"
VA drivers are (mostly) willing to get over and not crowd a runner off the road
In VA I can run right out my front door
VA gets hot, did I mention that?
VA believes in private property signs on side roads
VA does not have hills...mountains maybe but no hills
Now the comparasion to where I am in PA.
PA has wide hard and soft shoulders
People in PA mow at least the road right-of-way along their property (usually more)
PA DOT (and twp/boros) use weed/posion control
PA does not get as hot
PA DOT believed in making clear lines of sight for drivers and pedestrians
People in PA don't think their dogs bite
PA provides many opportunities to "cop-a-squat"
In PA I can run right out my front door
PA drivers are willing to get over (they are used to me after all these years and if they didn't I'd remind them about when I saw them again since I know everyone!)
PA does not have any private property signs on side roads (where I live)
My PA routes are hilly (and I like it!)
There are my insights after about a week at the VA house.
I am sure I will find more things out about the new area as we spend more time there.
Whenever you are in a new area (visiting family or vacationing) what do you look for in running?
Is a hotel treadmill good enough? or do you want that outdoor experince? Do you need a public park/trail or do you like to hit the open road solo?