I have to argue this one with you Plum! The fact that I live in a frozen tundra and you live in a rain forest is no fault of those who live in year round riding conditions. Their posts in January and February of gorgeous rides sure do stab deep but they give me hope. I have lived in the north east all my life and hated winters. When I retired I moved to Florida and it was great until around June and July when the heat and humidity about killed both of us. We movedp back northward up to Kentucky and found the climate much more to our liking but just could not stand the way of life there. We finally moved again right back to home here in NY. We still hate it here but it is home and it is really only winter that hurts along with a few other real issues such as taxes, liberals, government, taxes and did I mention liberals. I am not sure there is a perfect place to pull up your stakes and move to. Florida has a bunch of displaced north easteners who moved there to duck the high taxes and liberal BS in the state they left. Too bad when they get there the first thing they do is start demanding all the same crap that caused the high taxes and turn liberal in the process. It won't be long before Florida is just as bad as the entire NE.You people in the sw need to be nice and not post those rediculous warm temps on the forum. You know it just infuriates those of us that live in the wet/damp, or cold snow areas of the country. Have some pity on us please. At least it has warmed up here but the rain is just been pounding us. Flooding in all the major waterways. It will subside, but in the meantime, we have to read what a wonderful time you are having in the desert. Actually, I am so looking forward to going your way soon and joining in having some rides in northern Ca and doing the red rock in Utah. Just know this. I am taking names and will be in contact in the future.