Pretty in Portland
Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
27Trip End Sep 21, 2010
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The second day of the trip across to Portland was fine - mostly flat and only 30 miles to where I needed to be. I was under instruction to get on the MAX - like the Daniel Day - from Hillsboro into central Portland. There I was meeting Michael and spending a few days with him, his wife and two smalls.
I've been here two days now and Portland's a great city. It's not the 'inyourface kinda-place' that New York is. I reckon you could make P-town feel like home very quickly. For a city of 2 million or so people, if feels much smaller.
Around the corner from the house, there's a great 'neighbourhood' street with cafes, a fantabulous bookshop and cool restaurants and a cinema where you can bring in your beer and grub. I went to a 'film' there which turned out to be a talk given about water by Jacque Cousteau's grand-daughter
The city is also in the shadow of Mt. Hood which looks spectacular in the sunshine (which, like clockwork, starts to shine about 2pm each day)! There's a beautiful rose garden too ....cue lots of attempts at trying to get a nice pic of a rose.
And so i leave tomorrow coz I'm half afraid I'll put down roots and never make the rest of the journey. I've just over 900 miles behind me and I figure the same again ahead of me. So, unbelievably, I'm probably half way to wherever I end!!