I went to New Hampshire. My hope was to see if I wanted to move there soon(August of 2003). After the first day I thought, "What am I doing?" and pretty much decided not to move to New Hampshire, as my expectations of it were not quite in sync with the reality of the place.
Specifically, I heard from people that Concord is the liberal part of the state(which I'm fine with, as I think, "conservative" often means redneck and gun-toting. I love those people, but I'm guessing I'd find a slightly lower portion of people who would know any of the US Supreme Court Justices, much less have a favorite.). I also heard that Concord is a great place to raise a family, but not the best of places to get dates.
Needless to say, I found this a bit disconcerting.
Needless to say, this is my life we're talking about, and I met a neat girl the next day.
So, my trip turns from exploring Concord(which I did a decent amount of, which I'll detail in other sections) to exploring Boston, seeing neat things like a busker and a guy who did a one man play about Nikola Tesla.
It was fun, and I like the area. I think winter biking would be a bit more difficult, especially outside the city limits. Given that Concord is only 40K, it's a very walkable city, and biking is occasionally overkill.
So, for the time being, I'm still in Madison, and will be so for at least another 6 months. I may take another trip or two out there in the meantime, and hopefully establish a few more contacts.