Total Elevation Gain (ft): 1137
Weather: Clear, Sunny, Temperate
Hillbilly Insults: 0
A flat ride with a tailwind today. Propelled past Portland to the Gateway of the Gorge. Tomorrow expects to be rough with climbs to Multnomah and Bridal Veil Waterfalls.
It was all business today, as Katy and brood got an early start back home to Bend. It was nice to have a second round of goodbyes. The shoulder on the historic Columbia Highway 30 to Portland was far better than the thin strip offered up yesterday.
Once I crossed the St. John's Bridge, I opted to keep going. Otherwise, I'd be distracted by the great cafes, hipster joints and mustachioed men and women of Portland. What followed was a Byzantine route to Marine Drive which runs right next to the PDX landing strip. It's quite a site with the natural beauty of the Columbia River to the left and the roar of jets making final descents on the right going East to Troutdale.
2% of the way to the finish! My Sisyphean journey gets underway after my slumber tonight.