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Old 03-28-2018, 05:58 AM
 
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Hi there,

Do you know if I would 'stand out' in Springfield being from the UK, and would I be treated differently?

This is the first time living in the USA. I am a white male in my mid-20s, software engineer (job secured) with an interest in lesser-known areas of the USA such as the mid-west / south.
I hope to do a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking/biking, are these possible through the entire year? (I understand summers can be intolerably hot and humid).


I appreciate your replies, thanks in advance.
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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People will think you have a funny accent. Lot's of people here have funny accents. You will be seen as different. Lot's of people here are seen as different. We will likely laugh at you. You will certainly laugh at us. I doubt it will be a real issue for you. Back in another life I was a very active cyclist and hiker and used to ride all over the Ozarks with a transplant from London. If there were ever any cultural issues they were lost on me.

There are active clubs and organizations for cycling, hiking, swimming, various kinds of boating, etc.

Hiking can be done at any time of the year, but the humidity and insects in the summer are to be reckoned with. "Intolerable" is too strong a word, but the heat and humidity can be quite unpleasant. The winter months are often a great time to hike - the best, in fact - but one must pay attention to the local weather conditions. Off road biking can be done at any time depending only on your tolerance for mud, snow, heat, or cold. Road biking is just tough from early December to mid March. A few days here and there can be great, but there will be many more days where it is just too cold or damp or both even for the most hard core rider.

Good luck to you on your new adventure.
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:12 PM
 
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tell people you are from new york if they ask about accent... wont matter until you start spelling things with extra "u" in them
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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People will think you have a funny accent. Lot's of people here have funny accents. You will be seen as different. Lot's of people here are seen as different. We will likely laugh at you. You will certainly laugh at us. I doubt it will be a real issue for you. Back in another life I was a very active cyclist and hiker and used to ride all over the Ozarks with a transplant from London. If there were ever any cultural issues they were lost on me.

There are active clubs and organizations for cycling, hiking, swimming, various kinds of boating, etc.

Hiking can be done at any time of the year, but the humidity and insects in the summer are to be reckoned with. "Intolerable" is too strong a word, but the heat and humidity can be quite unpleasant. The winter months are often a great time to hike - the best, in fact - but one must pay attention to the local weather conditions. Off road biking can be done at any time depending only on your tolerance for mud, snow, heat, or cold. Road biking is just tough from early December to mid March. A few days here and there can be great, but there will be many more days where it is just too cold or damp or both even for the most hard core rider.

Good luck to you on your new adventure.
The ironic thing is a lot people in the Ozarks region have ancestry from England.
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Old 03-31-2018, 02:25 AM
 
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People will think you have a funny accent. Lot's of people here have funny accents. You will be seen as different. Lot's of people here are seen as different. We will likely laugh at you. You will certainly laugh at us. I doubt it will be a real issue for you. Back in another life I was a very active cyclist and hiker and used to ride all over the Ozarks with a transplant from London. If there were ever any cultural issues they were lost on me.

There are active clubs and organizations for cycling, hiking, swimming, various kinds of boating, etc.

Hiking can be done at any time of the year, but the humidity and insects in the summer are to be reckoned with. "Intolerable" is too strong a word, but the heat and humidity can be quite unpleasant. The winter months are often a great time to hike - the best, in fact - but one must pay attention to the local weather conditions. Off road biking can be done at any time depending only on your tolerance for mud, snow, heat, or cold. Road biking is just tough from early December to mid March. A few days here and there can be great, but there will be many more days where it is just too cold or damp or both even for the most hard core rider.

Good luck to you on your new adventure.
Sounds good . My self-deprecating sense of humor might come in handy.

Based on what you've described about road biking, do you think commuting via bicycle would be an uncomfortable experience if it's done regularly throughout the year? I'd imagine cherrypicking "nice" days in the winter months would be the way to go.
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:54 AM
 
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Sounds good . My self-deprecating sense of humor might come in handy.

Based on what you've described about road biking, do you think commuting via bicycle would be an uncomfortable experience if it's done regularly throughout the year? I'd imagine cherrypicking "nice" days in the winter months would be the way to go.
The definitive answer is: "It depends". Bike commuting in Springfield requires a judicious choice of routes. Some destinations are going to be hard to reach. A great deal depends on your ability to deal with traffic.

The buses are supposed to have bike racks - see https://www.cutransit.net/bike/ . I've never tried it.

There are dedicated bike trails - see Explore | Ozark Greenways .

There are dedicated bike routes and designated lanes here and there. See https://www.springfieldmo.gov/2110/Bike-Safety .

Summer humidity makes cyclists nsfw unless shower facilities are at hand.

Winter is just really, really difficult. While snow is not an everyday thing, ice can lurk in patches quite often and remain in place far longer than seems reasonable. It will be cold and rainy a great many days. You can be cold and survive. You can be wet and survive. But cold and wet will kill.
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