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    • Day37

      Portland is almost entirely terrible

      May 9, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

      Yep... pretty much hate portland. Every part of it just seems to be run down and covered in litter.

      The motel on night 1 was so bad... so so bad... the hotel for night 2 is better but still pretty bad.

      Found a couple of good bars last night, one being a jazz bar with great pizza so not a completely wasted trip in land. Portland apparently has good coffee so found a couple of coffee shops and the coffee was pretty good to be fair, but the breakfast taco was the real highlight!

      Spent today riding out to some waterfalls a day sorting the registration on my bike, I'm now registered until 2 days before I leave so am stop stressing about that!!!! 😁
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      Traveler

      Pretty serious waterfalls.

      5/10/22Reply
       
    • Day9

      S`mores and so much more

      March 23, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Nach einer kurzen Erholungspause im Hotel trieben uns Hunger und Durst wieder auf die Strasse. Zunächst in die 10 Barrel Brewing Company, eine Brauerei, die eigentlich aus Bend, Oregon stammt (und vermeintlich noch viel schlimmer inzwischen zum InBev Konzern gehört), die aber auch in Portland selbst braut und zumindest wenn man dem Lonely Planet glauben möchte (! Das erste mal, dass unsere Reisebibel aus Jugendjahren hier zitiert wird, was zeigt, wie weit einen das Internet mit Dr. Google, Zagat und Tripadviser einen von den alten Pfaden entfernt hat und wie analog das Reisen „damals noch“ war. Aus alter Verbundenheit habe ich aber dennoch die Ausgabe zum Mittleren Westen der USA mitgenommen, falls FF das Inernet via BookBeat leer gehört hat und wir zurück ins 20. Jahrhundert reisen). Doch wir waren beim Bier, also: 10 Barrel: trotz der zwischenzeitlichen Konzernzugehörigkeit (die allerdings auch keinen Einfluss auf das überwiegend weibliche Braumeisterteam gehabt haben soll) sehr lecker! Allerdings war auch nach einer Runde wieder Schluß, denn nachdem das vorangegangene Abendessen unser Budget deutlich gesprengt hatte, stand der heutige Tag unter dem Motto: gut aber nicht zu teuer. Aus der Innenstadt heraus ging es dazu in einen District etwas außerhalb zu einem Community Projekt namens Po`Shines Cafe De La Soul. Zunächst waren wir die einzigen Gäste. Die Küche Southern Fried und üppig! Vernünftigerweise ließen wir die Pies und anderen Süßigkeiten aussen vor, denn schließlich bekam FF heute seinen Lohn für ca. 11,5 Kilometer mehr oder minder beschwerdefreies Mitspazieren in S`mores ausgezahlt.
      Die Idee des Hotels war, zumindest für Besucher mit Kindern phänomenal: Abenteuer in der Großstadt und Lagerfeuerromantik bei Rösten von Marschmallows über offener Flamme, die dann karamellisiert und zähflüssig auf einen Keks mit Schokolade geschmiert werden. FF und wir waren uns einig, dass es der Schokolade nicht bedurfte, da der ganze Kram eh schon klebrig süß und (Papa speaking: hoch kalorisch) war. Jedenfalls ein tolles Ereigniss ehe es nach einem wiederum langen und anstrengenden Tag ins Bett ging. Eher der Bericht für heute (und Portland) endet soll allerdings gelobt werden, dass das S’mores Set in unserem Fun-Package inkludiert war, mit dem wir mit unserer Übernachtung ein kleines Guthaben zum Einkaufen im Hotelshop hatten. Eine kleine Überraschung, die nicht nur zu einer guten Bewertung der Übernachtung im Hotel Zags führte (trotz der wiederum unerträglich lauten Klimaanlage und der schlechten Lärmisolierung).
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    • Day45

      Portland, Oregon

      October 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Aujourd'hui, on sort du parc national du Mont Rainier pour aller voir le Mont St-Helens, un icône de la région et surtout un volcan actif! En route, on fait le plein d'essence et de nourriture. Nous nous heurtons à un mur plus loin car le chemin est bloqué, impossible de poursuivre du côté Est du mont. La route pour aller du côté ouest est beaucoup plus longue mais c'est aussi le chemin qui mène vers Portland. On ne baisse pas les épaules et on rebrousse donc chemin pour aller dans cette direction.

      En route, on se rend compte de plus en plus que le ciel est pas mal enuagé et que possiblement nous ne pourrons pas voir le mont. On évalue nos options. Notre arrêt suivant sur l'itinéraire était Canon Beach puis Portland. La météo s'annonce ordinaire à Canon Beach alors on choisit d'inverser les deux. Portland ce sera! On poursuit donc la route sur l'autoroute qui s'élargir jusqu'à 3 puis 4 voies près de la ville. Nous avons trouvé un stationnement dans une partie de la ville qui ne coûte que 1,50$ pour la nuit!! Pas pire deal ça!? En arrivant, nous constatons qu'il y a bien une place pour nous, que nous prenons et allons se promener dans les environs en poussette. Dans le coin, on trouve des restos, des boutiques sympatiques et des food trucks. C'est une rue commerciale mais dans un quartier moins achalandé de la ville. C'est parfait pour la soirée et la nuit. On essaye une microbrasserie qui faisait des excellentes bières!! On reprend notre marche et on s'arrête dans des petites boutiques sans rien acheter. Plus tard, on va souper à un food truck qui prépare des sushis burritos et des poke bowls. C'était vraiment excellent!

      Le lendemain matin, on se lève, prenons notre café expresso dans le camper et on part pour le Visitor Center au centre-ville. Le premier défi est de se trouver un stationnement mais étant donné qu'on est sur semaine, on fini par trouver plutôt rapidement. La ville est divisée en quartiers bien définis grâce à la rivière qui les séparent et l'artère principale au centre. La dame du centre d'information nous explique tout ça et on fait rapidement un petit planning pour la journée. La plupart des endroits du centre-ville sont accessibles à pied, ce qui facilite les choses. On va d'abord marcher vers le quartier chinois et on s'arrête dans un café en chemin. Vraiment excellent et on y fait des provisions!

      Après il est bientôt temps de déplacer notre véhicule (limite de 2h!). On en profite pour faire une marche dans le parc qui borde la rivière Willamette pour se rendre au parking. Ça nous donne une belle vue sur la rivière et les multiples ponts qui la traverse. On se rapproche ensuite du Chinatown et on se trouve un bon resto où on peut manger des excellents dumplings et des ramens. On va ensuite se gâter un dessert dans une institution et où les donuts sont emblématiques de la ville: Voodoo Doughnuts. Ouf... vraiment cochon ça! Ils ont une foule de choix tous plus sucrés et cochons les uns que les autres! Même un gigantesque en forme de falus, pour les intéressés! Et ils s'appelle bien le cock and balls où les Balls sont fourés à la crème!!! Sacré Américains! On a quand même pris un chacun mais ouf, on aurait peut être pas dû! C'était bon mais juste bien trop gros et sucré!! En tous cas, on a survécu en marchant jusqu'au Chinese Garden. Vraiment un bel endroit. C'est très compact car, le jardin occupe seulement un bloc au beau milieu des édifices, mais c'était très joli et apaisant comme endroit.

      Après cette belle visite, on quitte la Chine pour se rendre dans un quartier complémentaire différent, Pearl. On y trouve des magasins en tous genres et beaucoup de restaurants et microbrasseries. On fait une boutique ou deux et on va dans une première micro. La bière est pas mal mais le clou de la visite c'est de jaser avec un couple avec enfant de San Diego. C'est un des endroits où l'on veut aller dans notre périple alors on prend avec joie les conseils et idées qu'ils nous donnent. Leur petite fille a un mois de plus que Samuel mais elle est plus petite quand même. On a vraiment un beau gros bébé nous!!!! Lol

      Après ça, on marche encore un peu pour profiter du beau temps, on fait quelques boutiques et on arrête dans une dernière micro avant de regagner le véhicule. On se déplace vers le jardin des roses. C'est un jardin, a l'accès gratuit, qui regroupe une quantité impressionnante de sortes de roses. Pour être plus précis, le jardin rassemble plus de 7 000 rosiers de 550 variétés environ! On peut s'y promener librement et sentir les fleurs à notre guise. Pour la nuit, on tente notre chance au stationnement de la veille. Après tout, on a déjà notre billet valide jusqu'à 7h le lendemain matin! Encore une fois, on a un espace de libre! Sans trop perdre de temps, on se prépare et on part souper dans un resto pratiquement en face. C'est un resto végétarien qui était très bien noté. Sans dire que ça vallait le détour, on peut dire que c'était bon! Il nous reste un peu d'énergie alors on décide de marcher un temps sur la rue principale, nommée Alberta Drive. La région semble avoir un lien avec le Canada puisque la ville juste au nord s'appelle Vancouver. Original! Sur cette pensée, c'est l'heure du dodo!!
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      Danger!!!!

      10/4/18Reply

      Wow, difficile de faire un choix...est-ce-que c'est votre bière et bouteille d'eau qui tourne aussi? Ha! Ha! Ha!

      10/5/18Reply

      La caméra a changé de mains...une photo de gars cette fois! H!

      10/5/18Reply
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    • Day15

      Day 15 - Roses & Ghosts

      September 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      The day started with a fantastic coffee from Barista. Always a great start. After a bit of shopping and meandering around Downtown it was lunchtime. Portland is well-known for its wide range of gastronomic treats and we have already experienced a few with our first night at the buffalo wings diner and yesterday afternoon in a bar run by a craft brewery. Portland is probably most famous for another dining treat, food carts. These mini marvels are in certain areas of the city and there are a large number on offer. I ended up going for chicken and rice from Nong’s Khao Man Gai and Alice had the jalapeño popper from The Grilled Cheese Grill. Both were as good as we had expected them to be and we were left wondering how lucky the workforce here in central Portland are to have this array of food available for lunch.

      Next up was an opportune time to burn off all these lavish meals. The aim was Washington Park and that would require a bit of a walk to get there and look around. The park is a real treat as it is fairly small and immaculately looked after. There are tags in front of nearly all the plant life telling the passer-by what they are looking at which gives the park the feeling you are in a large open garden centre. This also allows the sense of ordered nature within the park which is exactly what I think of with Japanese gardens. Funnily enough, there is also a large Japanese garden here too! This costs $9.50 to visit. At first I thought this was a bit steep and unnecessary, reminding me of the 'big yellow taxi' song of having to pay to see trees in a tree museum. However once inside, the care, precision and beauty of the manicured gardens within gardens are staggering. To be able to show the harmonious aspect of nature in a controlled manner is a skill and an art. Within minutes, breathing slows and relaxation begins as your gaze is lost in the stones (the bones), the water features (the life force) and the vegetation (the seasons). Following a suggested route, you are guided over bridges, passing a tea house, next to babbling brooks, a waterfall and a finally a Zen garden. To some, a Zen garden is a bunch of small stones raked in pretty patterns around bigger stones. To others, it's a point of interest to reflect on everything and nothing. Yes, Alice and I were both big fans of the garden. The only criticism is the current construction around the garden leading to a partially distracted visit. However, this just gives us another reason to return in the future as the extension plans look interesting. There is more in the park too, with a touching holocaust memorial and a large rose garden. We now felt relaxed and contemplative and began our slow walk back to Downtown.

      We went straight to Voodoo Donuts. The variation of donuts were bewildering and the 'homer' donut caught my eye. It was really good too. Alice had the 'portland cream' which is the official donut of Portland. After donuts came coffee at Stumptown, a local blend known for its sweetness. Again, very good. All this snacking was in preparation for a tour we were going on in the evening.

      The 'Shanghai ungerground tunnel' tour of Portland was how it was billed. Probably the strangest and unintentionally funniest tour I have ever been on. The group met at a designated bar, and hung around for a bit and then had orientation at the back of the bar. The tour guide introduced herself and then asked us whether we wanted a history tour or a ghost tour. Both of my eyebrows were considerably raised already. When the majority shouted out ghost tour, it appears Alice and I and the group next to us really should have shouted out history louder. As it turns out, "history" had very little to do with this tour anyway. So did "tunnels". And so did anything that wasn't anecdotal experiences of paranormal activity. The focus was on a practice known as shanghaiing, basically kidnapping people to work on ships for years on end. When referring to an event in this little known or never actually happened history in this particular basement, the tour guide started each sentence with 'back in the day...'. Urban legend became concrete truth within these walls. But hey, the people wanted a ghost tour and that's what they got. It was basically a tour of the basement of the bar we started off in with various props scattered about with added stories of women's hair bring pulled, children's hands being felt in theirs, men having unexplained scratches on their necks, etc etc for two hours. Afterwards, the internet confirmed all our suspicions that there is actually very little evidence of any of the history that was just explained to us. If you still want to go on this tour, make sure you are inebriated and are prepared for large pinches of salt. A heady mix!

      Although the tour was not what we thought it was, the mellow atmosphere from earlier in the day ensured that we could laugh about it over the main activity that Portland does best, dining. In a diner come restaurant, which they actually called a 'dinerant', Alice and I had a lovely dinner with milkshakes. The place is called 'The Original Dinerant' and Alice had 'The Grasshopper' which had creme de menthe, creme de cacao and chocolate ice cream and I had the 'The Pick Me Up' which consisted of baileys espresso and vanilla ice cream. They were fantastic and our favourite shakes of the trip so far.

      With dinner done, we got the tram back to the motel, mulling over the day's events.

      Song of the Day:
      Elliott Smith - Needle in the Hay (Elliott lived most of his life in Portland)
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      Jan Kitto Burke

      I've been to Portland but can't remember anything about it!!

      9/27/16Reply
       
    • Day11

      Camping, American Style

      August 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Viele Amerikaner sind in den Ferien recht schlicht mit Auto und Zelt unterwegs. Manche kommen aber auch mit einem reisebusgroßen Wohnmobil. Und weil man im Urlaub ja auch ein bisschen Spaß haben will, folgt dahinter ein Anhänger mit zwei Gold Wings. Und weil das alles unpraktisch ist, wenn man mal schnell zum Einkaufen in die Stadt fahren will, kommt dahinter noch ein ausgewachsener Pickup mit. Ungelogen, siehe Foto!
      In solchen Momenten kommen wir uns mit unserem kleinen Minnie Winnie etwas minderbemittelt vor.
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    • Day49

      Portland, OR

      October 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Before I begin with Portland I did spend a few more days with Ryan and Christina putting up some siding. We continued to have delicious meals and visited a great brewery down the road. They even broke out some champagne the last night of my visit. Thanks again guys! That was fun.

      After Enumclaw I was going to head to Portland, but a storm over the weekend put a damper on the planned birthday party on the coast. I had planned on seeing Tom Bergeron so I had to turn north to spend the night with him. It was nice to go for a bike ride and drink some delicious beers with Tom. I didn't get to meet his new wife Megan, but I'll just have to come back!

      The next morning I made my way to Portland with a stop at the museum of flight in southern Seattle. The museum was cool and a good way to get out of the rain. After the museum I made my way to Portland. Just before getting into Portland it started raining hard. Just enough to get my gloves wet. This would be a common theme in the coming days.

      I stayed with Luke and Michelle for the next few days. We went out for a delicious dinner at the radio room which is right down the street from their house. They live in an great neighborhood, and an awesome house! I was there during the week so we just hung out at night. During the day Luke suggested that I check out the 4T trail which uses the train, tram, trail, and trolley. What an awesome trail. It starts in downtown Portland, takes you up to the zoo, and then you walk to the highest point in Portland on a wooded trail that looks like the island on Jurassic park. At the top you can see Mt saint Helen, Mount Hood, and a few others. There were a lot of clouds so I don't think I saw all the visible peaks. Then you take a tram down to southern Portland and the trolley takes you back to the start.

      Portland is a cool city! They also have delicious doughnuts. I made it my personal quest to sample different shops. Voodoo doughnuts wins for me even though it was the most well known and commercial. The next day it rained all day, so I had breakfast with Laura Totten! Great to catch up with her. After breakfast I decided to check out the arcade. An excellent idea (thanks for putting that seed in my head Tom B.). Time crisis II is just as fun as I remember.

      In the evening Luke, Michelle, and I went out for some food truck dinner. Portland has many of these beauties. I'm going to need to visit Portland again in the summer when it's less rainy. Thanks again for hosting me in Portland Luke and Michelle! Great to see you.

      Photos: Pike Place Market, an unusual break in the clouds and the sun was out. A view of Mount Hood while on the 4T trail in Portland. My favorite doughnut in Portland, the maple bacon bar. An awesome yet unusually placed house along the 4T trail. Great for the residents, but unfortunate for the landscape. The tram back down to Portland. Breakfast with Laura.
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    • Day9

      Portland, Oregon

      September 7, 2014 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Leaving Oregon today. The hostel we stayed at Seaside was ran by a cute little Vietnamese lady. She even has vietnamese coffee at her hostel! Portland itself was pretty empty saturday for some reason. Maybe everyone is in the bars watching the big game.Read more

    • Day33

      The Adventure Begins

      September 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Taking off this morning to get out to my starting point. Portland > Chicago > Madrid > Biarritz > St Jean Pied de Port. Should be there by tomorrow at 3pm-ish. Will chill there for an evening and hope to start my walk on Wed, Sept 7.Read more

      That is an adventure, not a walk! Go girl!!! ❤️ Sara G

      9/6/16Reply
      Dianna Poindexter

      Crunch! You are pure awesomeness! Enjoy every step of your transformational journey!

      9/18/16Reply
       
    • Day17

      Portland Stop

      May 25, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

      After saying our goodbyes to the Howe family, we headed to Portland. We stayed in Portland at an RV Park for the night to head to the Oregon Zoo in the morning. The RV park was primarily full of people who were long term tenants. It was a true RV park in that the spots were back to back. There was a good dog park we walked the dogs to. The RV park was right next to the Portland Airport so Declan enjoyed watching all of the planes take off and fly over us. He also needed to know where each plane was headed. We also saw a few fighter jets take off. For dinner, Cory and Declan rode the bike to the port and picked up dinner at “The Deck”. We were all going to walk but decided the road was a bit to unsafe with a stroller and 2 dogs.

      The next morning we had tickets to the Oregon Zoo when it opened at 9:30am. We got there about 10 minutes early and parked in the RV parking area. We left the dogs in the RV and headed into the zoo. The zoo was pretty packed even at opening. There were a lot of elementary kids there on field trips. The zoo was a great zoo. It had different sections based on the world continents. We saw monkeys, tigers, cougars, bears, red pandas, otters, sloths, lions, birds, among others. Declan got a big green snake, rock candy, and a green alligator at the gift shop (he was a lucky kid).
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    • Day2

      Vancouver River Front

      June 18, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      All along the river front the city of Vancouver has been cleaning up.
      Foe the last 5 years factories were taken down and new beautiful river front housing building rose along it. Great little queso y restaurant are the perfect spot to gather, our friend Karen and us did for lunch today!

      Right where I-5 crosses the river there is a light bridge that roses when needed.
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