Are you willing to relocate for better riding?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by gmiguy, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Angry Wookie

    Angry Wookie Running On Fumes

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    I'm sure there are some good roads I haven't found but all the ones I have found or been shown by friends in the immediate area are crowded and heavily patrolled. I normally ride one to three hours of slab just to get to some nice open twisty roads.

    Not sure what part of the Bay Area you grew up in, but where I grew up in Marin County there where some great roads 10 to 15 minutes from my house.
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  2. awshouse

    awshouse Downwardly mobile

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    It's def a factor. 4 years in Seattle now-- can't imagine heading back east. Wish the trails (amazing) were closer but I do ride year round and I can be in the mtns in 45 mins. 21 yrs in SE Michigan -- good roads, bad season, trails were way far away and only so-so. 7 yrs hard time in DC. SUCKED. Horrible roads and people and I worked like an animal. Never heading back east. Never.
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  3. dirtyhillbilly

    dirtyhillbilly n00b

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    Id like to get out of this part of the country, but Im just discovery who awesome it is for riding, only 2nd year on 2 wheels, Like a lot of others that have replied I am also in the Appalachian Mountains, and love it now. If anywhere Id like to end up PNW, plan on visiting some western desert but no plans of living in a place like that.
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  4. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    Same deal here. You have to get outside the Beltway to enjoy riding (REALLY enjoy it-- I always enjoy the simple pleasures of being on the bike of course, but you all know what I mean). Which tends to limit my joy riding to the weekends simply because after-work traffic prevents one from getting out to the good roads before it gets dark (yay for summer daylight).

    The GF wants to get a bigger house, we've been looking to buy outside the Beltway... I'd hate hate HATE the commute into town, but don't think for a moment that I haven't thought about how nice it would be to be further west and that much closer to riding nirvana...
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  5. Bill_Z

    Bill_Z Dude! chill,...

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    I would, but my wife wouldn't...does that mean she left me or I left her? I guess it doesn't matter 'cause I ain't movin, so...:evil
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  6. LngRidr

    LngRidr Been here awhile

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    Yes. I moved from south florida where i was born and raised to North Georgia. I moved solely because i ride bicycles and mountain bikes and of course motorcycles and florida sucks for all three. They are my passion and more important than other things in my life. Now i can be in the foothills in less than an hour and in the mountains in 2. Heck i can hit the dragon (although i prefer to ride anywhere else in north georgia or northcarolina, even sotuh carolina) and be back home for dinner.
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  7. dblacknj

    dblacknj Master of the Obvious

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    Absolute Forkin Loutely !

    I live about 3 miles from the ocean on the NJ shore.
    Bought this house in 2000. Was supposed to flip it and move west.
    The wife had other plans. Now she and my son live 10 miles from here.
    So I'm here until he graduates high school in 2020. I'll be 62.
    My son is my top priority.

    Would like to go to the UP, but couldn't deal with the snow.
    Will probably go towards Missouri or Arkansas.

    The goal is to build a modest command post and then spend the
    rest of my days exploring. Exploring from a NJ command post
    Is very limiting.

    dlb


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  8. Capt_Aubrey

    Capt_Aubrey Been here awhile

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    That "Breaking Bad" is filmed here doesn't help our image much. As for the Border Patrol -- it would be nice if our Justice Department didn't make their job tougher than it already is.

    Somewhat ironically, the place where they test the missiles is also home to some incredible once-in-a-lifetime (draw) hunts for ibex and oryx. Go figure.

    The nuclear waste storage may not be glamorous, but I'd rather it be done properly so as to grow our nuclear power production capacity. I don't remember any nuclear weapons test, but there are evenings when Albuquerque seems to glow a little more than usual...

    The Capitan area is gorgeous. Some great riding there. I'm not sure how you'd base an economy on motorcycles, but it couldn't be any worse than some of the other crazy ideas that have come out of our legislature!
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  9. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Would love to live in Northern New Mexico, but damn!

    I watch the job ads off and on. Seems like the average advertised pay is $11/hr in Santa Fe.

    How the hell do people get by? I mean the people who aren't making their money in some other State or Country and just have a vacation home in SF/Taos...


    :dunno
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  10. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

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    If I would be able to provide for my family as I am here right now...yes imidietly
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  11. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Indeed, that is exactly why I left, I lived in Las Cruces and worked at both White Sands Missile Range in the Military and White Sands Test Facility for NASA. Sadly, I have a hard time getting out of bed at 4:45am for $13.45 an hour, so when I got a call back east, I ran screaming.

    Basically, you have Sandia and Los Almos, if you happen to have an in with them, otherwise good luck.

    When I moved to Las Cruces the median income was $33,000 but the average home price was $220,000.....apparently some jack ass decided it was a good idea to retire there so the place is becoming infested with Californians, including the guy that moved into a town literally named "The Crosses" and sued the city because their Town logo was *shockingly* three crosses :lol3

    I miss the riding I was forever messing around in the Continental Divides, but oh well.
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  12. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I don't know where I could possibly relocate to to get better roads to ride on.
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  13. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I remember that! :lol3

    Was waiting for the followup lawsuit to rename "The Blood of Christ" (Sangre de Cristo) Montains. :rofl

    Wonder why he didn't sue San Francisco,California to change its name? :dunno

    The world is full of dumbasses! :lol3
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  14. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    If you ever visit The USA, look me up and I'll show you around my neighborhood.
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  15. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I have a whole country, not just a neighborhood.
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  16. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    My "neighborhood" is about 1/2 the size of your "country"... :wink:

    The Ozarks

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