Best Western Sandy Inn
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... much like trying to complete a really physically demading puzzle. I love puzzles.
That afternoon saw me on a 3 hour bus ride to Sacramento, followed by a 14 hour bus ride to Portland. I got to the city of hipsters feeling pretty groggy and flat, but made my way to a house on the edge of town who hosts backpackers for free via 'couchsurfing'. There were a few other backpackers staying there so I made contacts in the city immediately which was perfect.
... us without horticultural expertise, it was a bit dwarfing - we wandered around, enjoyed the sight of it all and headed into town proper.
We strolled through Pioneer square on our way to a quick lunch stop, then headed on through Portland to another garden - the Chinese garden. (Obviously we got absolutely soaked again on the way, but we were getting used to that!) The Chinese garden is even smaller than the Japanese garden, and rather than being in a large park it is ...
... they transfered it into a plastic water bottle for safe keeping. Well, early the next morning, said individual woke up with terrible cotton-mouth and rolled over to take a big swig of water, and grabbed to vodka instead. Needless to say, he was quite surprised. Now THAT's hair of the dog. OK I have kept it clean for as long as I can stand it, so for those of you who have delicate ears (or eyes as the case may be) PLEASE STOP READING. THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING! ...
Time to start planning the cross county ride (and back). I figure 8 months is about right to make sure everything is in place and all the contingencies are covered.
To make it poetic, I'm going to cover from Astoria to Astoria on the ride. As in coast to coast - Oregon to New York. I'll be starting from Sandy, Oregon and riding to Astoria, Oregon ...
... of Mt. Hood. Toll Bridge County Park is just south of town and we have never been there. As with almost all of the county parks that we have visited in this state it is well kept and in very pretty surroundings. It even features a campground. We walked the day use area and the campground with the furry ones, fed them lunch and headed back towards Hood River.
We stop at the local Safeway grocery store. The hatchery is 20 miles from here so we ...