Portland & Hood River Oregon - time to relax and do some mountain biking!

Brother Mark made the journey from Michigan to Oregon this week to Scoop me up, and capitalize on some super sweet Pacific Northwest mountain biking.   Oh yeah..... He brought Buddy 2500 miles for the journey!

Mark, Buddy and I checking out Portland

Mark, Buddy and I checking out Portland

Spent a a day in Portland gathering gear before we headed to Hood River to post up and camp and checkout the local scene.   Portland's a pretty cool town with lots to offer - they have their local bike scene pretty dialed in with tons of bike lanes and rider friendly zones.....beyond that, everyone's super fit and into nature and such!!!

Biker and walker specific lanes

Biker and walker specific lanes

Willamette River running through the city center

Willamette River running through the city center

After Portland, we made the jaunt to Hood River.  The area is super dry though, they haven't got rain since March.  We spent a two days at Post Canyon (getting lost mostly), but still enjoying the vistas! 

Navigational issues at Post Canyon

Navigational issues at Post Canyon

Mechanical issues at Post Canyon

Mechanical issues at Post Canyon

Post Canyon vista view  

Post Canyon vista view  

Earning it

Earning it

Dusty

Dusty

  Mark getting the local knowledge from Emilion while plowing some delicious street tacos.  

 Mark getting the local knowledge from Emilion while plowing some delicious street tacos.  

The area is pretty amazing and filled with adventure seeking folk!  Never before have I seen so many vans/trucks/cars outfitted with travel boxes and adventure gear.    

Stoked.......Literally & Figuratively!!!!!

Stoked.......Literally & Figuratively!!!!!

Pimped out sprinter

Pimped out sprinter

Wind surfing Westfalia

Wind surfing Westfalia

Home made bike rack

Home made bike rack

Primo condition AWD VW

Primo condition AWD VW

Leaving Hood River, we made our way to Bend which is also another super cool meca city which is very bike and adventure conscious......but details will need to wait for another blog post!!!

Buddy's impatiently waiting for me to finish a long over due phone call

Buddy's impatiently waiting for me to finish a long over due phone call