Portland to Portland Gals

Oregon Segment

Pacific Ocean to Nyssa (554 miles)

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Date
Miles
Climb
Comments
Stop
6/12
0
 

Penny picked Carolyn up and they had lunch at Pete's near the train station. The Tribune was at the train station to photograph the departure. (Photo in Tues Local section) The train was delayed for departure due to a freight train that could not get over the grade. After they backed that down Carolyn & Anne's train left SLO and promptly broke down in the tunnel at the top of Cuesta Grade. At the stop in Paso Robles Carolyn's sister Jeannie and her husband Marty, Niece Valerie and others were on the Paso platform with signs & noisemakers to wish them well.

 
6/13
0
The trip was long, the food and wine tasting were great and the travelers got into Portland around 8:30 pm Tues. night (about 3 hours late). Time for a late dinner with Anne Klinger and Donna and get ready for Wednesday.
 
6/14
22
 
Assembled bikes. Carolyn's had a few problems that were easily corrected at the bike shop Anne had shipped hers too. They dipped their wheels in the Pacific near Ft. Stevens and rode 22 miles.
Warrington
6/15
60
Started in Warrington to West Rainer. Some climbing but not much. Had great weather and a tail wind. Rode unloaded. Donna brought gear to overnight stopping point and Anne Klinger rode with them on the first day.
West Ranier
6/16
59
Great weather & a tail wind again very little climbing. Located east of Portland. In a motel as there are no campgrounds nearby. The roses throughout Portland are beautiful and at one point there was a view of Mt Rainer, Mt Hood & Mt St. Helens. Lots of traffic.
Portland
6/17
51
Great weather traveling up the Columbia River Gorge. Stopped 7 miles west of Hood river at Viento Campground
Hood River
6/18
90
Sensational tail wind. Weather was humid & warm. Had to stay in a motel.
Arlington
6/19
77
Took bikes in to a shop in Pendleton for a checkup. Minor problems that were taken care of. Stopped at local Chamber of Commerce to look for a campground and was invited by local rider Karen Wagner to camp in her back yard. Had showers and a nice bottle of wine on the deck.
Pendleton
6/20
49
Hardest day yet - lots of climbing. To Hillgard State Park which is about 10 miles north of Le Grande
Hilgard
6/21
61
Not as difficult as yesterday. Camped in the backyard of the Director of the Chamber of Commerce.
Baker City
6/22
0
Stayed in the same backyard. Took them out to dinner to thank them. We went to a Micro Brew/Restaurant and the owner of the place picked up the tab. Interviewed by the local paper about the ride. Had the bikes checked over and they are OK. Went to a local printer to have signs made up. They are bright orange and say "Portland to Portland Gals" on them. They will be placed on the rear of the bikes. Stats for the week: Total elevation gain - 17,800 feet of climbing (not recording descent) Total miles - 469
Baker City
6/23
36
Rode to Farewell Bend State Park. This is 36 miles north of Ontario. The weather continues to be humid & warm.
Farewell Bend
6/24
49

It was around mid-day 6/24, before my first flat tire and the beginning of my Tire Saga. We hadn't had lunch yet, but getting hungry. A pick-up truck going in the opposite direction stopped and brought over for each of  us a handful of fresh Oregon cherries from a stand just up the road a ways. They were the best cherries we had ever tasted. Sure enough, further on and around a bend there was the cherry stand. We each bought a bag and enjoyed them as part of our lunch.

Anne had a flat tire 34 miles into the day and is running a spare for now. Her tires are defective and will be replaced in Twin Falls on Tuesday. No campgrounds available, Chamber of Commerce closed, Police station closed so camped behind the police station.

Nyssa
Total
554
18,300