I don’t have a clear theme in mind for this year’s challenge, so you can expect a fairly diverse, shapeless set of rides from Portland. I might get out of town for one or more of them, but for the most part they’ll be inner city explorations because Rachael and I are staying close to home while our home sale runs its course and we prepare for our departure to Greece later next month.
For the last month we’ve been staying at Stacey’s, an Air B&B offering in SE Portland. Tomorrow is our last night here, so the theme for today’s post is transition. Before leaving for coffee I stop to take a photo of Rodriguez in front of Stacey’s barn for the last time.
A mile from home I pull up at St Honore, a boulangerie about a mile from Stacey’s. I enjoy biking there, riding uphill in a light mist on Clinton Street, against the tide: Clinton is a major bikeway, and I pass a steady stream of bikers going the other direction on their way to work.
St Honore is an attractive spot to hang out for awhile; the decor is very French (although oddly enough the Pandora sound track this morning is country/western), the coffee and croissant are good, the WiFi only fair. While I sit here, the morning mist evaporates and the sky opens up. It’s going to be a beautiful morning for a ride.
It’s really pleasant when I finally step out the door again. A perfect day for a longer ride, but that’s not the plan for the day unfortunately – I have a string of errands to run. First up, I want to swing by Tiffany’s place, the next Air B&B we’ll be moving to in a few days. I want to check out the house itself, and scope out the ew neighborhood. It’s in a different neighborhood, near Mount Tabor. The homes are well kept, attractive, and have a structural uniformity that makes it look like they all went up bout the same time. I’ll have to read up on the history of the neighborhood.
Tiffany’s fits right in with the pattern, and looks like it should be an appealing place to pass the next two weeks. And it looks like the welcoming mat is out, with fallen camellia blossoms leading the way to our side entrance.
And, it’s good to see that all the essentials will be close at hand:
From our new neighborhood, I swung by Lloyd Center to drop off some paperwork for our escrow officer (I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned that we have a buyer for our condo, so we’ve entered a new phase of the process), and then started working my way back toward Stacey’s.
Since it was close by, I decided to bike across the top of the Steel Bridge so I could look down on the row of Japanese cherry trees to see if they’ve started to bloom yet. There’s just a trace of color in them if you see them from above, but seeing them up close it’s obvious that they’re about to explode. The waterfront will look quite different by this time next week.
Next, one last errand. I stop in at Aladdin Theater to pick up tickets for the upcoming Shawn Colvin concert. It’s an interesting change, starting to keep an eye out for cultural events we’d like to see that come to town in the brief periods when we’ll be around too.
Finally, I cross the tracks and Powell Boulevard and return to Stacey’s. Along the way, I enjoy seeing the curious Never Odd or Even ribbon mural again. I think I’ve only come this way once before, and had forgotten about it. I like it for its technical features – the mirrored characters, and the way the characters appear to submerge beneath the surface as the wall tapers.
Back at home, I feel lucky when I bike up and find Stacey’s cat Winter in the neighbor’s garden lapping up the dew. I’ve enjoyed having a temporary pet, and was mad at myself this morning when it occurred to me that I hadn’t taken a photo to remember her by. Very sweet cat.