Mileage: 75 miles
Weather: Partly cloudy, upper 50s to start. Warmed to the low 70s.
Highlights of the day:
Jim, head mechanic, started off our day with an ABC Quick Check review. All the bikes went through a safety check at registration but this time it was the riders checking their own bikes, learning what should be checked regularly on a tour of this duration. Simple checks performed on a regular basis can help find small issues that might arise on a tour of this duration. Small issues caught early can help avoid more major repairs. Less major repairs keeps bikes, riders, and mechanics happy (and safe)!
The route took us up the Columbia River into the Cascade Range. We worked our way through Portland on bike paths, including a stretch between the river and East Marine Drive. There are villages of floating houses on this part of the river - little two story houses, often with one-boat garages and extensive gardens, that happen to be afloat and moored to floating walkways.
From the city, we started our climb into the foothills of the Cascades. Traffic lessened and we enjoyed views of the Columbia River, lush hillsides, and a few teasing glances of bottom Mt Hood. Rumor has it that we might get to see the rest of the mountain tomorrow. Crossing fingers and hoping for a few less clouds.
Some of us had lunch in Sandy at Calamity Jane’s, a cowboy themed restaurant featuring enormous hamburgers and yummy shakes. I saw a few large salads brought out for some of the riders. That seems just a bit too healthy when chili cheese fries area available. Our day ended at a resort hotel. We will definitely enjoy being spoiled for one night