Biking east in the Columbia Gorge east of Portland, Oregon.
Bike paths along Columbia River
Near Portland Airport. Some might say
about bicycling, "Take a plane, it's faster."
Scrumptious views into Columbia
Gorge from Old Oregon Highway 30. Crown Point on next outcrop. Beacon
Rock in distance on Washington Side of river.
Bike paths or old highways
took me much of the way through Columbia Gorge.
Part way, I used the wide shoulder of I-84. Headed east, there is
a tunnel on 84, but a bike path and some steps bypass the tunnel.
On another part of the path, some joggers
said another person saw a bear up ahead. I have heard rumors of bears
before and not seen anything.
Black bears tend to be shy and scamper away
from human contact, unless one is near the bear's cubs. I kept riding,
rather than going onto the freeway shoulder.
Sure enough there was a bear. The second bear
I have seen during many years of bike touring. It was about 75
feet off the trail. Right around a corner. I didn't stick around.
Some folks might want to take pictures, but I kept
Going under south end of Bridge Of The Gods.
In 2005, after Providence Bridge Peddel, my radio brought
me a talk show. Someone filling in for basically right wing leaning
Lars Larsen, on KXL. A few callers were grumbling about the bike event.
"Why did they have to close ALL the bridges?" Actually many
of the bridges were only partially closed to cars that Sunday.
One of my web page readers had dinner with me in Portland and was joking
about how Lars Larsen once made the proclamation that
"Portland is CLOSED."
Closed to business. Griping about government regulation, I guess.
The city seemed prosperous enough to me.
Gorge on my Flickr.