I live in Gold Country. Riding here is indeed nice. In my back yard are miles of 75-90 mph perfectly paved sweepers through the pines that I can ride with my t-shirt on. However the trade off is really high everything including gas prices, and as stated, bizarre (horrible, can you say "Brown"?) politicians! Recently it has crossed my mind that moving to another state, even if it meant riding in the rain with a parka on, might be worth it. They just passed SB-1. That means gas, vehicle registrations and who knows what else is going to go up even more.