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Running errands in the wild

I doubled my biggest day of riding today by taking Clyde to the Mill End Store ("No Larger Display of Fabrics In America!"), a 20-mile round trip from home, more than half of which is on Portland's nicest car-free bikeways along the east bank of the Willamette River.

The Springwater Corridor starts out a little bit unpromisingly, in the midst of heavy industry on the river, south of downtown.
Springwater Entrance 2

It soon opens up, with a cliff to the east and bottom-land to the west. The traffic is all at the top of the cliff, so it's very quiet down here. Looks like an abandoned roadbed there on the left.
Springwater Ancient Ruins

One Percent For Art. The green stripes are glass. The Ross Island Bridge, and downtown Portland in the background.
Springwater Art & View of Downtown

Then you round a curve, and there's this:
Springwater River Vista

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge comes along next. The Springwater runs alongside the railroad.
Oaks Bottom

Oaks Park, kind of a faded old lady of an amusement park, signals your arrival in the Sellwood district. I went roller skating here a couple of times as a kid.
Healthful Exercise Delightful Pleasure

I left the trail and entered city traffic again after Oaks Park. I was aiming to avoid the big public ride celebrating the opening of a new bike boulevard in Sellwood, but instead I ran smack into it and joined it for a few blocks (Clyde got compliments!).

I sailed past Mayor Sam Adams and he shouted a hello to me (great politician--he's met me twice, and greets me like his best bud), and I encouraged him to keep on Twittering, because his Tweets are basically how I know what's going on in City Hall, even though I work there. I was too busy negotiating many cyclists to stop and take pictures. Sorry, Sam.

My mission to the Mill End Store was successful. More on that later. The Mill End Store does not have a bike rack, but I found a railing. When I came out with my booty, someone else's bike was locked to the same railing, so note to Mill End Store: you need a bike rack.

I got TB--Tired Butt--going back, so I stopped on the floating Eastbank Esplanade walkway for a few more photos. The walkway was rising and falling against those big iron pylons, and making a mournful hooting sound.

Clyde is vainer than I thought! He loves to pose:
Clyde on the Eastbank

Across the river: Old Town. You can tell by the sign:
Old Town

A father-and-son bike outing:
Father & Son Bikes

Bike, boats, bridges:

I didn't get rained on--not a single drop--the entire 20 miles!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 20th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Your ride in the Wild!
Awesome, Anne! 20 miles - isn't that something? The photos are great! Springwater Trail is one of my favoritest places to ride. It goes all the way out to Boring, and someday it's supposed to go all the way up to Govt. Camp!
Portland Rocks!
Dec. 20th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: Your ride in the Wild!
It may GO to Boring, but it's definitely not boring. Yes, wonderful resource, and it was a special treat on this mild, gray day. Can't think of a better way to go shopping.
Dec. 20th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
wow! 20 miles! go you!!!

the pictures are lovely! i especially like the last one - the layers of bridges looks so coo!
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was pleased with that one, too. It was a fantastic day.
Dec. 24th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
i forgot to say that the rock and glass sculpture is pretty cool :)
Dec. 24th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Yes! It's kind of unprepossessing at first glance, and then the light comes through it, and you have to wonder about the process of slicing that big rock, and making the glass just perfect, and then somehow sticking it all together. It's really very tranquil in the landscape.
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Loooooovely set of pictures. Thumbs up from abrinsky too.

I saw Clyde posing there and thought 'that bike isn't shy'.

Did you buy tweed then?
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
I did! Well, as it happens, I found tweed. Had five yards of a suitweight houndstooth wool/silk blend (so, tweed-ish, but Italian, I think) stashed away in my closet that survived Project Empty, to my surprise. I'd had some idea of having it made into a suit, but it was long enough ago that the yardage will now do nicely for just the coat.

What I bought was lining, interfacing, and a variety of sewing notions to replace some that didn't survive Project Empty. But I'm going to give Dashing Tweeds a run for their money.
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
The tweed project sounds like great fun! Can't wait to see the pattern you are using and the progress. 20 MILES!!! I'm very impressed! And it looks like a wonderful, safe and challenging path! Maybe by next Summer I'll be ready to take the ride with you!
Dec. 20th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of you often as I rode along. The riverside paths are quite level, but of course getting back up from them to the level of the rest of the city is a good steep climb. You would enjoy the Springwater--you see part of the city from there that you can't see any other way. It's a little like that train trip through the Siskiyous in that regard.

This coming spring, rain or shine, we'll get started!
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