Having settled in at the hotel I decided to go for an afternoon walk, and headed off towards the river.
For some reason, I thought Portland was near the coast, and I was looking forward to seeing the Pacific. But Portland isn’t on the coast, so this was as near to the sea as I got – The Willamette River.
After spending an hour or more in Portland, I thought the tales I had heard about Portland being full of bicycles were untrue. Then I discovered the riverside cycle route. I can confirm, bikes abound in Portland.
I can also confirm that you can end up waiting a long time to cross the tracks near the bridge if a train comes through …