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Are there any good driving roads in the area?
Well, coming into Crater Lake from the north can scare you silly. Especially if you are driving a big motor home with a car-hauler in tow.

Before that, though, we had a delightful day out in the TR4 with the Portland Triumph club, driving country roads and looking at covered bridges in the Willemette (sp?) Valley south of Portland.

The Pacific Coast Highway is neat. We got out in the TR4 around Newport and Waldport. Nice place to eat south of Waldport is "The Adobe" right on the coast.
 

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I need a change. I think I'll come visit Oregon to check it out. Any Lotus people in the area want to meet up?
Big state. Have any particular corner?
 

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Highway 53 between Highway 26 (couple miles east from the 26 / 101 junction) and the small town of Wheeler is one of my all time favorite driving roads in Oregon. No traffic, no cops, and its just turn after turn after turn for 20 miles.
 

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I visited a friend in Portland recently. My first impression of the city was favorable.

One item that bugged me was that in Oregon you cannot pump your own gas. I worry about an attendant scratching the car.

If I do end up at a full service station anywhere else I usually ask the attendant if I can fill up myself and they are usually OK with that. In Oregon I grabbed the nozzle and started pumping my own gas even though the station said full service. The attendant came over and requested that I stop. I stalled him out with chit chat but he looked rather annoyed.

Most of them have been pretty cool on pumping the gas with me. I do keep a rag to put on the paint surface where the pump handle sets on an Elise. The fact that I get out with a rag and the "Exotic" car seems to really slow them down and I've had no problems. Many just hand the nozzle to me followed by "i'm not touching your car man". Some of them are worried as it's a violation here as we all know. I don't think so much as a drop has touched the paint since I started with the rag/towel procedure.

Portland is awesome, but you have a ton of factors to figure out before you settle in up there.

Lots of great driving roads during the dry months. You might want to just shelve the lotus for the winter though.

The entire state is plagued with meth addicts and high property crime rates. I think mostly opportunity theft and not mugging situations. Bikes, tools, GPS units, Ash tray change, and such should all be well secured or out of site.

I've had people tell me that I should never leave coins in plain sight when leaving my car. I'm about 45 minutes from Portland.
 

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Lets see, so many things to respond to here.
1. There are decent pockets to live in that are not bad cost. It all depends on what your looking for, as others have said, many live in vancouver WA and then commute to Portland... but that commute sucks, but compared to CA its probably a breeze. I live in SE Portland/Clackamas/Happy Valley and its very nice here, you can get a new 2,500 sq foot home with 4 car garage down the street from me for the low $300's. No sales tax in oregon but we do have a 8-11% state income tax and property taxes really depend on where you live, mine are almost $3K per year for a $240K home
2. There are tech jobs in hillsburrito, ok so its really called hillsboro but some parts are very mexican over ran and others are high tech Intel workers and other startups.
3. I pump my own gas all the time, I have never had any issues with it in my Lotus, in my other 3 cars I just enjoy not having to get out during the rain that happens 13 months out of the year, but don't worry, the rain is usually just a slight mist, not a downpour like you get in the midwest. Eskimos have 10 different words for snow, in Oregon we have 15 different types of rain!
4. Road, um kinda, we have Skyline, old timber road, but we also have Portland International Raceway, only racetrack owned by a city right off I5 between Vancouver and Portland, Oregon raceway park is 2.5 hours away, The Ridge is 2.5 hours away, Pacific raceways in 3 hours away and you can legally drive fast but its expensive :)
5. I have not had issues with crime, unless you mean lots of hobo's asking for money on street corners. Very hipster downtown and inner city and then outside of the citys often very redneck as others have said.
6. We do have a cars and coffee every saturday rain or shine in Tigard and an awesome indoor go-kart track for the off season. Our lotus club here is not the largest and does not have much of a following but we are trying. I will add more as I get a chance to go back and read the comments but this should get you started for now.

I have lived in Oregon all 29 years of my life and since i own a company here there is a very slim to none chance that I will move until i am in my 60's so I think I am more qualified than most to answer questions ;-)
 
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