We booked our flight and a room for our arrival in Portland, but have not worked out ground travel plans. We fly into Portland June 9th and arrive at PDX 11:16 PM. We have a room booked near the airport.
For a variety of reasons that I won't go into here, we will be flying with our bikes. My big concern now is how to get to our start with our bikes. I think we would like to start in Newport so we can ride down the coast to our official starting point at Florence. Ideally I would like to rent a van or some other vehicle that can carry the three of us and our bikes and drop it off in Newport. A few quick searches online turned up no available vehicles.
Any tips on how we can get to Newport or some other reasonable starting point for our transamerica?
Buses, trains, rental vehicles, rides from sympathetic cyclists local to the area (if someone can help we would pay expenses +), etc. are all ok with us. If train or bus, will the airline boxes work out or do they have different requirements?
If we can't figure anything else out can you suggest a good route to ride out of Portland and wind up in Florence?