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    Riding in Portland

    We are headed to Portland at the the end of July for the Chris King Gourmet century. We were planning to spend a couple of days after the ride to do some riding on our own. We were thinking of riding out to Hood River for a night and then back to Portland and the flying home on Tuesday. I was wondering how the bike lanes on 5 or 205 are crossing the river. Would we better off staying in Portland and doing a couple of rides from our hotel? Any input is appreciated.

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    Have you thought about the Willamette Valley? Great wine, good riding.

    The Black Walnut Inn in Dundee is a great place to stay, and not far to get back to Portland.
    http://www.blackwalnut-inn.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Have you thought about the Willamette Valley? Great wine, good riding.

    The Black Walnut Inn in Dundee is a great place to stay, and not far to get back to Portland.
    http://www.blackwalnut-inn.com/
    I must agree about the Willamette Valley. We spent a week staying with a friend and doing day rides.

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    There are a number of rides that start in Portland and wind their way down south though the valley (Portland is at the N. end of the valley) as well east East out into the Columbia River Gorge, S.E. out towards Mt. hood.

    To explore the Hood River route, I'd suggest that you look into either taking the Springwater corridor thought to Boring, and then connecting with U.S. 26 out to mt. hood & then down on U.S. 35 into Hood River.

    you could also take Marine drive east, out to Troutdale and then taking the Historic Columbia River Highway out to Cascade Locks. @ Cascade locks, you will have to connect onto I-5, which has ok sholders. There is some construction going on, and I don't remember how that would effect your ride (check with ODOT for more info there).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainHaddock View Post
    I'd suggest that you look into either taking the Springwater corridor thought to Boring, and then connecting with U.S. 26 out to mt. hood & then down on U.S. 35 into Hood River.
    That look like a prettyinterseting way out, at about 100 miles it does start to get on the dge of what we may want to ride for a relaxing day though, any idea how much climbing is involved? We could do that on the way out on Sunday and then come back along the river on Monday.

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    chichi - You are getting good advice on routes that you may ride (+1 on Willamette wineries) so I'll just weigh in with a measure of caution.

    Beware of fans of the Portland Timbers soccer team. They are so blinded by their envy of the Seattle Sounders that they are a hazard to all on the roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDiamonDog View Post
    chichi - You are getting good advice on routes that you may ride (+1 on Willamette wineries) so I'll just weigh in with a measure of caution.

    Beware of fans of the Portland Timbers soccer team. They are so blinded by their envy of the Seattle Sounders that they are a hazard to all on the roads.
    Wha? I'm not sure what you're trying to get at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichi View Post
    That look like a prettyinterseting way out, at about 100 miles it does start to get on the dge of what we may want to ride for a relaxing day though, any idea how much climbing is involved? We could do that on the way out on Sunday and then come back along the river on Monday.
    I'll be damned if I can't seem to find the gradient info at the moment. If you wanted to make it into a two day ride, your distance would be about 65 to mt. hood (assuming you stayed @ government camp), about 42 to mt. hood. Now, to be fair you should be aware that the return ride west out of the gorge has several challenges.

    1) you cannot walk / bike across to the Washington side (SR 14 back to Portland / Vancouver is nicer as a return trip). Yes, there are two bridges which cross, but both are toll & auto only. However the adventurous will hitch a ride across.
    2) the head wind. The simple fact is that the wind blows east up the gorge between 10 & 50 mph almost all day long. (and this is why the gorge is one of the KEY kite & sail-boarding locations in the world).
    3) there is no train service between Hood River & Portland. (or at least not any longer)

    Oh, I just had a thought. How would you feel about an in & out loop, one that would get you up to Mt. Hood & Timberline Lodge for lunch?
    Here's a version that I've ridden most of in parts. http://www.rubbertotheroad.com/?p=529

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainHaddock View Post
    I'll be damned if I can't seem to find the gradient info at the moment.
    Ok, I'm silly, here's the info for an big day ride to hood river and back. http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...36638&a=322030

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    Sorry CaptainHaddock. That was just a little joke for anyone here who might be a soccer fan of either the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders. If you get it, it makes sense. If you don't, no amount of explaination will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDiamonDog View Post
    Sorry CaptainHaddock. That was just a little joke for anyone here who might be a soccer fan of either the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders. If you get it, it makes sense. If you don't, no amount of explaination will help.
    Total thread jack here, but I just saw on the news that they have caught one of the two so-called 'timbers fans' who ran over that lady. I only just found out about the entire thing after your first post. Also, the Timbers are a new team, give them another year, we'll roll right over you like we did with the 'sonics! (I really really miss that rivalry, screw the Thunder!) Never mind the pitiful performance of your thunderbirds!

    (OH, just look up the timber/ sounders standings, I take that back, you guys are looking bad this year!)
    Last edited by CaptainHaddock; 06-01-12 at 06:16 PM. Reason: sport team standings

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    The Timbers / Sounders rivalry actually dates back to 1974 when both teams were in the old NASL, the same league that Pele played in for the NY Cosmos. More recently the rivalry continued in the USL and now that both teams are in MSL the rivalry has entered a new phase. The Sounder / Timber rivalry is considered the most intense in MLS because of its history but mostly because the fans of the two teams are considered the most passionate in the league. While the Sounders have enjoyed surprising success since they joined the league over three years ago, making the playoffs each year and likley to do so again, the Timbers fell short in their inaugural season last year and don't look likely to make it this year either. Okay, enough about soccer - back to tandems...

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    The ride to Hood River Bridge of the Gods is a classic century from Portland. The typical loop is to start off I-205 and take the bike lane on the Glen Jackson Bridge to Washington. The Gorge Hwy in Washington has a reasonable shoulder all the way to Bridge of the Gods. Ride back on the south side of the river. There is a short section where you need to ride in the emergency lane on the interstate (legal there). No one enjoys that, but it's over and forgotten pretty quickly. From there, you get on the old gorge highway, which is a delightful ride back to Troutdale.

    Hood Rive is a jamming place to overnight, especially in the summer.

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