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... events. HeMan and Spontaneous arrived on Thursday. A Korean friend of theirs came all the way down from Vancouver BC to cook Korean BarBQ for them. I was fortunate to be invited by them and enjoy some very tasty Korean food. At the park near the Columbia River, PCT hikers began arriving and setting up camp in preparation for the big event. While having dinner, a storage shed was set on fire by who knows what. Because ...
... time we reached Portland, it was just about 5:00, We entered Portland from the west, and our hotel was on the east side of town, that meant passing through Portland during 5:00 rush hour. We spent about an hour getting through in bumper to bumper traffic, but it did keep moving. They had a lot of stop lights at the highway on-ramps, and metered how many cars could enter the freeway at any one time. It seemed to work pretty well. As we emerged on the east side ...
... listen patiently when I complain about trip complications or computer malfunctions. He knows just when to pat me and say "Good job, mom". The other day when I told him that he could only bring 3 shirts with him on the trip, he said dubiously "3 shirts for 6 weeks?" I said "I was thinking that would be a good way to keep the backpacks light." "Mom", he said sternly, "Maybe before you tell ME to do something, you should say it out loud to see if ...
... 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.
... and this is where we turned around. My hip was not handling the uphill segments very well so we rested here and enjoyed conversation with a couple of stay-at-home dads who had drive out from Portland for a day of riding with their 3-year-olds.