Right off the bat Oregon presented itself as a ‘weird’ place, with its dingy, retro 80’s green carpet at PDX airport; Its volcanic mountains shooting straight out of the ground; Its grungy beach towns; Its tacky single-track and dispensary on every block…I immediately fell in love.
Tim was in Portland for work so we made the most of our weekends. Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, we mountain biked at Sandy Ridge or Post Canyon and then headed to the coast to catch a few waves before the sun went down.
The program entailed Saturday evening surf sessions at Indian Beach, 5am wake up calls on Sunday to beat the crowds (mainly because we are beaters), scrambled breakfast up on the bluff and a nap before heading down the coast a few miles to Short Sands to surf more mellow waves. Brats and beers made on the tailgate before jumping in the truck held us over as we sat in traffic back to the city.
The Places Mountain Biking at Sandy Ridge offered us afternoon breaks from the city as long as we could scoot out before traffic. This place offers what I envisioned all riding in the PNW to be like: huge evergreens protecting you from the sun while keeping the dirt tacky.
Tim and I rode here several times in rain and hail and aside from slick roots, the trails held up well. Be sure to prepare yourself for a 3-mile pedal up a paved road before enjoying miles of smiles sending downhill.
Usually before heading to the coast we would spend a night in Hood River. This ‘lawless’ town is full of breweries, wind sports and skateparks. Post Canyon offers endless mountain bike trails which one could ride for days.
I had the opportunity to work with Amy Esnard from Ladies All Ride for some mountain bike coaching. Let me say, having someone break down my riding was so helpful and wish Amy lived in the Tetons so we could ride together always!
After a long day of pedaling bikes and pumping skateboards, we loved to hit up Double Mountain Brewing. They have an incredible selection of beers on tap and the most delectable pizza around (even folks in Portland will recommend you drive the hour to get ‘Za and beer).
Back home in Idaho we are loving the fall colors and cooler temperatures, all this damp weather is reminding me of the PNW. Oregon, we will be back!