I thought I was a city person until I moved to New York City. I moved about a year ago from San Francisco. Someone on this forum said I moved from motorcycle heaven to motorcycle hell - I think hes right... and is right even if you take the word motorcycle out. I guess Ive discovered that Im more at home in small cities, where getting in and out of them is easy and fast, not a battle and hours-long trudge. Im contemplating leaving New York (probably wont happen for a few months, but I want to get the ball rolling, getting information and figuring my way out - thus this post). I love San Francisco and would go back in a heartbeat. But, I lived there for ten amazing years, yet feel the need and want to live other places (I grew up in Los Angeles). The Pacific Northwest is looking really attractive to me. Assuming I can find a job, Im wondering whether Portland or Seattle would fit me best. From a motorcyclists perspective, is one better than the other? I ride 99% paved, but not necessarily nicely paved. I enjoy the broken up, neglected little back roads and goat trails a lot, yet the perfectly paved fast sweepers are also a love of mine. The only other thing Im hoping is that I can live car-free and commute on the bike year-round as much as possible. I used to commute on my bike in San Francisco. I dont in New York (the city makes it so difficult and expensive that its not worth it - its not even about the weather). I feel less of a motorcyclist since I moved to New York because I dont commute on my bike anymore. Ive heard and read all about the PNW weather. That doesnt bother me - I think it would make me a better rider, and the nice days even more fun. BTW, I dont know if theres any sort of rivalry between Portland and Seattle, but hopefully this wont start any fights . And yes, Ill be spending more time on this section of ADV Rider. Thanks for reading - thoughts? Suggestions? Questions?