Until very recently, I lived on the Eastern most edges of Bondurant’s jurisdiction. Passerby would call it a peaceful and quiet country landscape. It was in my teenage years that the area would serve as cover for all the nefarious and mischievous activities that teenagers are apt to partake in.
A three mile stretch of wide open county road would lead the way home, and often times a fellow Bondurant resident appeared in my rearview mirror. Jared Hummel would come barreling up to my bumper in his black Camaro with T-tops, and the three mile stretch would turn into our race track.
As the story goes, high school came to an end and the racing stopped, but Jared Hummel has maintained his rural Bondurant presence. Jared points out “There used to be quite a bit more between all the houses, but you still keep that country atmosphere even though everyone is now close by.”
Along with the changes, Bondurant would serve as the springboard for Jared meeting his now fiancé, Jenna Pederson. For the past seven years the two have settled in to the relaxed country background and are expanding their family ties, with their one year old daughter Gracelynn. “It’s a game changer, having a kid” explains Jared. “It can be terrifying, that first six months is really fragile.”
Jared and Jenna both can recall Bondurant thirty years ago, when the only landmark was a Co-op and a Casey’s gas station. “It’s definitely grown, but it still just seems small town. I was even skeptical that the new grocery store was going to stay busy, but every time I drive by there are a lot of people there.”
Trading in racing cars for fixing them, Jared works for the United States Postal Service keeping their fleet of vehicles running. A third generation employee, many Bondurant residents recognize his father from his many years of postal delivery.
Aside from his family and every day work, Jared spends his free time amidst his collection of mopeds, motorcycles and a prized Fiat. “He’s got a buying problem” Jenna laughs.
With a wedding on the horizon and a one year old daughter to keep them busy, Jared and Jenna are content with staying in the area. “There’s convenience with living in town, but I’d like to stay out in the country.”