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Dogdander
Day Five: That’s Missus Fancy Pants to You! Newberg to Portland, Oregon Today’s mileage: 29 Total bike mileage so far: 190 Local Gas Prices: $2.91 Weather: Cool and overcast Saddle Sore-o-meter reading: 0.1 Animals for the day: Brass Bears Crises Averted: Hmmm, should I have the complimentary Cab or pay three dollars for the local Pinot…?      The first few days of this trip, we used Adventure Cycling maps for our route. After that, we had a day on the Willamette Valley Scenic bikeway complete with maps and signs at many of the turns. Today, we are on our own. Google Maps is getting better and better for bike directions, and this year we have a bike-specific Garmin GPS. We used a combination of those to make our way from Newberg to Portland today. We knew our first stretch was on Highway 99, which has a wide shoulder but is heavily trafficked. It seemed okay yesterday, but we couldn’t believe how busy it was in the early morning today. So when we saw the sign for Sherwood, we were very anxious to make our turn. Maybe a little too anxious, because the road we really wanted was Tualatin-Sherwood Road and it was a half-mile up ahead. The imposter road got us into a lovely little town that we weren’t planning on visiting. While we were standing in the town square, consulting our three devices and the Oregon State Bike Map, a guy pulled up and asked us where the courthouse is. We fell over laughing.      We rediscovered the route within just a few miles and made our way towards downtown Portland. Somewhere in there, we located the beginning of a several mile bike path through Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The path is up and down hilly and surrounded by ferns and mosses and evergreen trees. Every few minutes we were reminded by traffic noise that the path was our alternative to the busy road nearby. Midway along this path, there is a nature center with picnic tables. We clamped on the brakes and sat down for our late morning repast.      Restaurant selection during bicycle trips is not complicated. We walk out to the street in our click-click bike shoes, look left, and then look right. The closest place wins. Yesterday, we had the choice of a diner and a pizza place. Berta voted pizza. When it came time to order, John didn’t think a small pizza and the salad bar sounded like enough food, so he ordered the medium pie for us to split. It was humongous! He pronounced that we couldn’t eat that in a hundred years. We did a pretty good job of it, though, and put the rest into a small to-go box.  This is what we pulled out today for lunch at the picnic tables at the nature center. The pizza had sausage, onions, jalapenos, and olives. It was the best bike trip lunch we have ever packed for ourselves. A couple walked by and the woman proclaimed, “That looks awesome!” She was right, and it tasted awesome too.      The rest of the bike path and the route into Portland was downhill fast. We saw the OHSU Aerial Tram overhead (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Aerial_Tram) and saw a whole block jammed with food trucks as we approached downtown. We were aiming for one hotel downtown but didn’t find it right away and decided to splurge. We went to the Embassy Suites because breakfast is included there. After cleaning up with some quality hair products, we went out for a stroll downtown and had an early dinner at a hip Portland restaurant.      Voodoo Doughnuts was two blocks from our hotel. This is the donut shop we heard about two years ago in Eugene (“Are you going to Voodoo Doughnuts?” she asked breathlessly). We didn’t know it was nearby until we were out looking for a market. When we walked by in the afternoon and realized what we were seeing, we considered going in for a treat. But then we saw that there was a line of about sixty people out the door and snaking on the sidewalk. We decided against donuts and in favor of some cookies from a bakery. The bakery says they aren’t afraid of butter. Neither are we. The cookies were delicious.

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Day Five: That’s Missus Fancy Pants to You! Newberg to Portland, Oregon Today’s mileage: 29 Total bike mileage so far: 190 Local Gas Prices: $2.91 Weather: Cool and overcast Saddle Sore-o-meter reading: 0.1 Animals for the day: Brass Bears Crises Averted: Hmmm, should I have the complimentary Cab or pay three dollars for the local Pinot…?      The first few days of this trip, we used Adventure Cycling maps for our route. After that, we had a day on the Willamette Valley Scenic bikeway complete with maps and signs at many of the turns. Today, we are on our own. Google Maps is getting better and better for bike directions, and this year we have a bike-specific Garmin GPS. We used a combination of those to make our way from Newberg to Portland today. We knew our first stretch was on Highway 99, which has a wide shoulder but is heavily trafficked. It seemed okay yesterday, but we couldn’t believe how busy it was in the early morning today. So when we saw the sign for Sherwood, we were very anxious to make our turn. Maybe a little too anxious, because the road we really wanted was Tualatin-Sherwood Road and it was a half-mile up ahead. The imposter road got us into a lovely little town that we weren’t planning on visiting. While we were standing in the town square, consulting our three devices and the Oregon State Bike Map, a guy pulled up and asked us where the courthouse is. We fell over laughing.      We rediscovered the route within just a few miles and made our way towards downtown Portland. Somewhere in there, we located the beginning of a several mile bike path through Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The path is up and down hilly and surrounded by ferns and mosses and evergreen trees. Every few minutes we were reminded by traffic noise that the path was our alternative to the busy road nearby. Midway along this path, there is a nature center with picnic tables. We clamped on the brakes and sat down for our late morning repast.      Restaurant selection during bicycle trips is not complicated. We walk out to the street in our click-click bike shoes, look left, and then look right. The closest place wins. Yesterday, we had the choice of a diner and a pizza place. Berta voted pizza. When it came time to order, John didn’t think a small pizza and the salad bar sounded like enough food, so he ordered the medium pie for us to split. It was humongous! He pronounced that we couldn’t eat that in a hundred years. We did a pretty good job of it, though, and put the rest into a small to-go box.  This is what we pulled out today for lunch at the picnic tables at the nature center. The pizza had sausage, onions, jalapenos, and olives. It was the best bike trip lunch we have ever packed for ourselves. A couple walked by and the woman proclaimed, “That looks awesome!” She was right, and it tasted awesome too.      The rest of the bike path and the route into Portland was downhill fast. We saw the OHSU Aerial Tram overhead (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Aerial_Tram) and saw a whole block jammed with food trucks as we approached downtown. We were aiming for one hotel downtown but didn’t find it right away and decided to splurge. We went to the Embassy Suites because breakfast is included there. After cleaning up with some quality hair products, we went out for a stroll downtown and had an early dinner at a hip Portland restaurant.      Voodoo Doughnuts was two blocks from our hotel. This is the donut shop we heard about two years ago in Eugene (“Are you going to Voodoo Doughnuts?” she asked breathlessly). We didn’t know it was nearby until we were out looking for a market. When we walked by in the afternoon and realized what we were seeing, we considered going in for a treat. But then we saw that there was a line of about sixty people out the door and snaking on the sidewalk. We decided against donuts and in favor of some cookies from a bakery. The bakery says they aren’t afraid of butter. Neither are we. The cookies were delicious.