Re: midwest represent.
Haha, much better riding weather here!
I'm a Portland native who was exiled to Iowa for a couple years. That blew.
It's rainy here in winter, but if you're cool with riding in the rain, the riding is basically year-round. If you're fair-weather like me, there's usually at least one or two good days every month where the roads dry off and you can squeeze in a ride.
Can't speak to the dirt riding.
Anyway, welcome to the board! I'm sure we'll make another run to Detroit Lake this year, and that shouldn't be too far outta the way for you.
So you moving to Salem proper, or one of the northern 'burbs like Keizer?