Cycling Date: Tuesday 16-June-15
Mileage: 75 miles
Weather: Another beauty. 50s to start. Warmed to the70s. Wind at our backs. Partly cloudy. Doesn’t get much better for the bike.
Highlights of the day:
Today’s route has become our annual culinary journey. Our first SAG stop featured cold pizza and, more importantly, cookies! North 2005 alumni Dianne and Howard Harrington visited with homemade treats for the riders. We might have just started yesterday but we will never pass up homemade goodies. (Yes, that is a blatant plug for any other alumni who are having thoughts about visiting us). For the second year in a row, our second SAG stop featured treats from world(?) renowned Voodoo Donuts (more details and pictures to follow). The capstone was Calamity Jane’s for hamburgers and shakes.
The route took us further up the Columbia River, and into the Cascade Range. We skirted Portland on a series of bike paths, including a wonderful run between the river and East Marine Drive. There are villages of floating houses on this stretch of the river. Not houseboats exactly, but little two story houses, often with one-boat garages and extensive gardens, that happen to be afloat and moored to floating walkways.
Coming off the bike path and into Blue Lake Park, we were greeted by a rider from Across America North 2013. Drew stopped by to treat the riders to Voodoo Donuts. Donuts? So what’s the big deal? One might ask... These are enormous creations that are covered with and/or contain kid's cereal or crushed candy or cookies or you name it. I think one rider found pieces of bubblegum in her donut. They are a taste treat not to be missed when in Portland. See picture below! Besides the food, it was great fun to catch up & share stories.
From the city, we started our climb into the foothills of the Cascades. Traffic lessened and we were treated to vistas of the Columbia River, lush green hillsides, and amazing vistas of Mt Hood. Many riders had lunch in Sandy at Calamity Jane’s, a cowboy themed restaurant featuring enormous hamburgers and yummy shakes. Did I mention that riding is about eating? Our day ended at a very nice resort hotel. We will definitely enjoy being spoiled for one night.