Ask Le Duke. He moved to Oregon too, from the midwest....
"The ONLY person who needs to race.....is the contestant"
The riding is really great, my only issues are finding a job that pays well and being so far from everything else.
For reference I live in Beaverton, and my in-laws retired to Bend so I visit a lot.
2009 Redline Conquest Pro, 2008 Trek Fuel Ex8
2007 Kona Cinder Cone utility bike
Yes I spent too much on bikes.