Day 8

Longview, WA -> Portland, OR

I made it to Oregon!

Today was super exciting because getting across that state line felt like a pretty decent milestone in the trip. Today was the furthest ride so far at 55 miles.

Lewis and Clark

Heading out today at about 6:00 am I hoped to get some miles in before traffic starts to pick up and the sun starts to come out. I rode out of Longview and across the Lewis and Clark Bridge into Oregon.

Lewis and Clark Bridge

Lewis and Clark Bridge

There’s a ton of logging here, so big logging trucks are coming up and down the bridge delivering wood to the port.

Logs Stacked Up at the Port

Logs Stacked Up at the Port

Crossing the bridge was a little uncomfortable because of the lack of shoulder, but there wasn’t much of a choice to get across, so I was as careful as I could be. The GoPro makes it look a little tighter than it was, but here’s a video.

Just a Little Tight

Mental Test of Will

Right after the bridge, I hopped onto highway 30. Waiting for the GPS to announce the next turn, I heard it say, “Take Highway 30 for 48 miles”.

48 miles?!?!?

48 miles?!?!?

All the other routes I’ve taken so far hadn’t gone more than 5 miles or so without turning, merging, going through a new area, etc…

Along Highway 30

Along Highway 30

So, today turned out to be a mental test of will. I ended up finishing the 2nd Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as well as a few pod casts.

Along Highway 30

Along Highway 30

Everything Checks Out

When I got into Portland, I took my bike into a local bike shop to have it checked out, make sure brakes were good, tires, etc… The good folks over at 21st Avenue Bicycles checked everything out. All is looking good, just needed to lube up the chain a bit.

These guys are awesome and refused to let me pay them. So, I paid them with a 5-star review on Yelp instead :)

More Familiar Faces

I met up with Amanda’s sister Jennifer and her fiance Adam. We grabbed some pub food in the Pearl District and then did a quick tour around the area. It was comforting to see some more familiar faces today. I have a feeling it’s going to be a rough week or so ahead (already starting to feel homesick).