We moved up to Bend a few years ago and we're having a great time here, but we're also wondering what else is out there. So I've been thinking that looking for a new place to live might be a pretty good theme for some moto-ventures. I could sure use some help identifying places that might be worth checking out. Number one priority is the terrain: it's got to be interesting. Dramatic changes in elevation, good dirt, rocks, trees, rivers, creeks, streams, etc. Bend is FANTASTIC in that respect. The only problem is that I can't afford to buy any land around here. I want to build a freakin' ewok village in the forrest and be able to ride epic singletrack out of my back door. Number two priority is the weather. If we don't stay in Bend for the long haul, it will probably be because of the snow. The winter's aren't bad by any stretch, but I'd prefer to be able to ride year-round. So that's got me thinking about moving somewhere west of the Cascades, and probably to the southern part of the state? We really liked living on the coast (Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego), but there's no way in hell I'm moving back to CA and I think the coast up here might be too cold and gloomy for us. The idea of living 10-15 miles inland upriver is kind of appealing though, as I've heard that the climate is much better. We drove up/down a long stretch of the Alsea and Yachats rivers from where they dump into the ocean and there were some really cool ranches out there. We're self-employed and it doesn't really matter to anyone (except us) where we're located. I'd like to live somewhere that's rural, but not run-down. We just need to stay within about a 1/2hr of a proper airport, major city, etc. We have to travel for work and tend to need a lot of the types of resources that we can only seem to find in large(er) cities. That's got me drawing expanding circles in my Atlas around places like Eugene. Am I on the right track? As far as local resources go, the thing we're probably most particular about is food. The quality of a grocery store and the produce that's available is really important to us. Areas with local agriculture and any type of decent farmers markets or produce stands would be really appealing. I'm planning on loading up my 650 and hitting the road this weekend. Where should I go?