We got home this afternoon from the Riverhouse. We left on Wednesday content to make it the 30 miles armed with our bikes and waking directions from GoogleMaps. The maps served us well and we didn’t hit too many hills.
We saw so really weird signs but I only took a photo of one of them.
I also saw the “Memory Memorial Cemetery” Don’t you think the “Memory” was a bit redundant? It also said it was a “Freedom of Choice cemetery” I didn’t think you’d have too many choices when you’re dead. We also saw “Secluded Apartment Homes” “Hidden Village” and “Secret Valley” I made a joke that the next sign would say “where to bury the body”… That’s when I saw the Memory Memorial and decided that my joke wasn’t funny.
I woke up this morning to a flat tire, which seemed weird since I had ridden over 35 miles and now that I was all comfy at the Riverhouse THEN I got a flat! Instead of patching it I just slipped a new tube in and away we went!
On the ride up to the Riverhouse Paul and I saw soooo many cute animals. My favorite was the stubby burros with shaggy winter fur! We also saw chickens, sheep, goats, horses, llamas, and puppies! I’m bummed that I didn’t get photos of them on the way up but here are some from the way back!
It took is a little under 2 hours to get to Vancouver! SO much faster than the way up there! I think we could do the whole ride in 2.5 hours. Paul busted a spoke about half way home but we still made it back. We stopped in Vancouver at the Salmon Creek brewery, had a beer and continued on our way. We crossed over the I-5 bridge into Oregon and I took this Photo of Mt. Hood. It has always been an iconic image to me ever since my childhood summers in Oregon.
And, now I’m home and a bit sore but, I know that I can make the ride and I’ll do it again!
wow! Mt. Hood looks so epic in that picture!
The photo was color edited a bit to make Mt. Hood pop out but the only thing that changed was the color of the water. The Mountain looked just that epic so I had to stop and take a picture.
Great trip! The furthest I’ve been able to ride so far is 17 miles, but if I had a lighter bike I might be able to make it 20. 😉
I walked my bike up one of the hills and Paul slowed down for me a few times but a lot of it was flat, which is perfect for my little touring bike. It just likes to go when it hits the flat long roads. I think most people could find a good pace on those parts. I think part of it is realizing that it’s not a race. That’s what I find annoying about riding with some people.
An awesome accounting in words and pictures! That is the kind of day that makes living in Portland so awesome. I loved this trip journal in a positive sorta way. 🙂
I’m so glad it was in a positive sort of way1 It was indeed beautiful and the perfect temperature for the past 3 days! Tomorrow is supposed to be nice too!