Showing posts from August, 2012

A New First: Bike Touring

Last weekend, friends and I bike toured from Portland to the Salem area. In sum:
Portland to Willamette Mission State Park Camp Ground, 50 miles Willamette Camp Ground to friend of a friend's farm, 20 miles Friend of a friend's farm to Beaverton Max station, 55 miles
We left Portland Friday morning around 10am, just as the temperature crept on 80. By the time we made it out of the metro area, the weather was a solid 95 and dry. Can we get a breeze here? Alas, our only source of refreshment came out of our warm, warm water bottles. 
Overall, it was a great first-time bike/camping tour. We made great time, didn't run low on water/food, and our bikes powered through just as smoothly as our quads. I would highly recommend the campsite, especially if you're camping via boat, as camp site fees are waived for the floaties. 

From a population of 8 million to a population of 590,000 + me

I have in fact moved to Portland from New York City. A change- for which it was time- was desired and PDX has fulfilled this yearning for me. In case there's any confusion, the move was very much premeditated and not as abrupt as this post; I am now ready to officially officiate my move. 
Though I made the coast-to-coast move in early June, it took a bit of time to settle in, including settling into my Portland blogging mode. One can't just move to a new city and start blogging without acquainting myself with my new surroundings, right? And waiting has paid off- I now have a variety of photos, a handful of opinions and am developing a more localized environmental-perspective.
Speaking of, since living here for about two months, I can already confirm that the suspicions, stereotypes, generalizations and labels of the Pacific Northwest aka PNW (Yes, I love acronyms and PNW is one I've already overused) as super green and eco-conscious is completely... accurate. I have never…