Day 56 – Stevenson, WA to Portland, OR

We got our daily incredible wake-up view this morning!

To avoid a continuation of yesterday’s less than enjoyable narrow road riding, we crossed over to the Oregon side of the river as soon as possible. A number of people had recommended that last night, and they were so right. We instantly were greeted by a bike path, which took us up and down, through the woods and around all sorts of fun turns. 

One turn we biked around brought us to a staircase – right in the middle of the bike path! There was a little trench for the wheels of the bike, so we put them in there and hauled them up the steep stairs. It certainly made the route interesting!

Following the bike path, there was an old highway that was absolutely gorgeous and had very little traffic. It made for an amazing day of riding. 

We met so many enthusiastic people along the way today – they had read our “coast to coast” shirts and knew how close we were to the Pacific! And we could feel the pull. Portland grew ever closer, and after climbing one particularly long (but actually enjoyable – mostly) hill, we could see the city in the distance. 

It’s hard to believe we’re actually in Portland, Oregon. It’s the city we’ve been referencing all along the way – “we’re biking from Portland, ME to Portland, OR…this is day *fill in the blank here*…”

Aidan smelled food grilling as we rounded a corner coming into Portland, pulled over, and claims that it was one of the best meals of his life. 

So we spent the afternoon at a bike shop, and got some Portland swag there – what a joy to have new clean clothes! Aidan bought a bike jersey and I bought bike shorts, both of which are emblazoned with various designs of River City Bicycles. 

We also made a stop at the enormous post office in the city, and I picked up a care package from my mom and the things we’d sent ahead from Walla Walla. I’m all set to keep biking! Thanks for the awesome food, Mom! And to Julian for knowing that I definitely did need some maple cotton candy.

Since we had more food than we could carry, we organized the extra things into a box and gave it to a group of homeless people sitting on the sidewalk nearby. 

We had to stop by Powell books, and although we saw Voodoo Doughnuts, we decided the line wasn’t worth standing in. 

We’re spending the night with Jonas’ friend Misha and her family. We had a great ride from downtown to here, (stopping a few times in that hour for snacks and a quick swim in the Willamette River) and it was a wonderful feeling to arrive at such a welcoming house. Pizza for dinner and really great conversations with everyone… Thank you all so much for a wonderful night – both fun and relaxing!

We also found that Wendy and Aidan’s grandpa had sent packages to Misha’s house! Such a fun surprise to find that fantastic chocolate! 

4 thoughts on “Day 56 – Stevenson, WA to Portland, OR

  1. Blandine, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada August 12, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    BRAVO BRAVO BRAVOSSIMO!!! My warmest Congratulations and cheers for you both, amazing power team. You are The very Best of your generation. How inspiring and heartwarming for all of us. Thank you so much for the time you took sharing your incredible journey, through your writings and photos. I will keep checking your blog (totally additive!) for your next adventures. Your dream came through, you really walked (ride!) the talk. Sooooo proud of you. Pedal on Friends, Yes, the world is in good hands with beautiful people like you.


  2. Dino Furlan August 12, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Congratulations you made it!!!! What an awesome feeling that must have been to get to Portland. Clara, will you continue your blog as you ride on to California? Look forward to reading about more of your adventures. Safe riding.


  3. Leslie August 12, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Reading this fills me with such joy…you have accomplished an incredible ride, on your own, dealing with all the literal ups and downs the trip threw at you. Congratulations to you both. Sending you tons of love. Love the new shirt Aidan 😎


  4. cedarbeach August 13, 2016 / 2:13 am

    What an accomplishment! I have loved reading your daily entries and hearing about your ride. So inspired! Welcome to Portland!


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