Hoquiam. That's HO-KWEE-um, or as the locals say, Hokey-um. It's next door to Aberdeen, on the coast by the ocean, 2 hours west of Seattle. Spent a month in Spokane just recently, loved it over there, but when I said I was from the coast they said, oh the San Juans? Nope, the coast. Oh, Hood Canal. Nope, the coast, you know, Pacific Ocean, Cascadian subduction zone, tsunami? Arrived in this country on a bike in 1988, spent some time in Eugene, N. California, and now back in the rain forest. It has its charms. Took a detour in life, got off the bike, and 4 years ago got back on the bike. Thus my moniker. Started out with a Giant hybrid commuter when I could barely walk, have worked my way back up to a road bike, just this week bought a carbon monstrosity off the "List, not sure I like it but it sure is fast, 2005 Trek 1000. Love my steelies. Bicycling made my life, my Univega Nuovo Sport was a part of me at one time, it went missing in 2000 when I went travelling in Alaska, and about 6 wks ago reappeared through the magic of the craig's list (the List in my parlance). I've been facelifting it, trying to resist totally rebuilding it, think I have the end result in sight but that is probably just positive self talk. So good to find this forum and see possibilities for interacting with others from my general area. I said more than most do on here, but, if I didn't, it wouldn't be me. If I'm not talking better check for a pulse.