I decided not to ride today and just give my butt a rest. I took a bus into downtown Portland just to check out the city. The city where I live, Asheville, NC, is often compared to Portland so I wanted to check it out. Once I got downtown I realized this was the farthest I had been away from my bike in over six weeks! Maybe I should change my Facebook Status to "in a relationship with a BMW".
The downtown area of Portland was nice. It was clean and had pleasant architecture. I thought it would remind me of Asheville, but it reminded me more of Hamburg, Germany. A lot of red brick and water features.
These water fountains were located all around the city center.
It even has street cars just like European cities.
Of course, I had to eat lunch at one of the ethnic food carts that are located throughout the city.
The city seems to have a large Asian population. Chinatown was quite large.
From what some of the locals told me I experiences typical Portland weather, on and off rain and sun all day.
Well the butt is rested and tomorrow I will head down US 101 towards California. My next "goal" is to visit Salinas, CA to visit the Steinbek house and National Center. I have been a fan of Steinbek since I was "forced" to read him in college.