Yes, we are biased, but Portland really is one of the greatest cities around (#7 in the country according to Outside magazine this month). We missed this city in our time away, but began to make up for lost time this weekend as we had two events downtown. The first being our friend, Martha’s, 30th birthday celebration which included bocce at the North Park Blocks, sandwiches as big as your head at Kenny & Zuke’s, an americano at Stumptown Coffee, photos at the Ace Hotel photo booth, and hazelnut gelato at Mio Gelato. All of which we would highly recommend. Great birthday fun!
The second event of the weekend was the 2009 Providence Bridge Pedal which gave us the opportunity to ride across seven of Portland’s 12 bridges (Hawthorne, Ross Island, Marquam, Burnside, Broadway, Fremont, and St. John’s). Favorites included the Marquam (riding on the interstate was a rush!), the Fremont, and the Hawthorne. We also enjoyed cruising a brief section of I-405 and getting up to speeds between 30-36 mph down N Willamette Ave. The 24 mile ride gave us a fun look at Portland neighborhoods we’d never seen and a beautiful view of the city as we crossed each bridge.