Today, I recorded a podcast that explains why we purchased a car. Click here to listen to the audio.
If you can’t listen to the podcast, below is a summary of my talk . . .
Logan and I weren’t planning on moving away from Chico so soon, but we are excited to be at the ranch again. I’ve missed my in-laws, the stunning views, and the quiet.
Since we sold our cars five years ago, we’ve been able to structure our lives around public transit. However, doing so in a rural area is difficult. While we lived in Siskiyou County — from September 2012 to May 2013, without a car — we learned a lot of lessons. Here are a few, in no particular order:
- Being twelve miles from town makes a daily bike commute difficult. I’m a strong cyclist, but my knees — and back — can’t handle a twenty-five mile round-trip bike ride everyday. Further, Little Shasta has some incredible winds that make bike riding exceptionally difficult in the winter.
- There is public transportation in Siskiyou County, but it’s not easy to access. The closest bus-stop is five miles away from the ranch, in Montague. Also, there is no Greyhound bus depot or train station in Yreka which makes it challenging to visit friends outside the area. The closest train station is in Dunsmir and the bus depot is in Weed; both are 45 minutes to an hour (by car) south of our little house.
- Without a car, at the ranch, it was difficult to volunteer regularly and meet friends in town.
- There is only one place to rent cars in Yreka and it’s insanely expensive!
To mitigate these challenges, we purchased a used Ford Fiesta before we moved to Little Shasta. We still plan to cycle and use public transportation in Siskiyou County and we will use the car to augment our transit needs. And hopefully, our little Ford will improve the quality of our lives.