I managed to get on the road early today in spite of sleeping in. Sally made a great breakfast while I loaded up my gear & filled my cooler with ice left over from the party. I decided to head east along the Columbia Gorge as it's so beautiful, especially this time of the year. I followed I-84 around the east side of Portland until I reached the Corbit exit, then headed uphill on the old historic route to see the Vista House overlooking the Gorge.
Along the way I stopped to check out the view from Chanticleer Point, an attraction that was new to me.
|Sunny Sunday morning but a bit early for tourists|
|That's the Gorge way down there. Beautiful isn't it?|
Back on I-84 I continued east past Hood River & The Dalles stopping for gas & then a lunch break at Boardman. It was starting to heat up but my choice of riding gear was working well, the leather jacket worn with the zipper partially open allowed enough air flow to evaporate my sweat causing a cooling effect. Nice.
Lunch at The Sunrise Cafe I tried one of their Mushroom & Swiss burgers. It was delicious but I think they left out the 'rooms. Nice people though, and good service.
|Hot out & getting hotter|
Arriving in Kenniwick I decided I'd had my quota for riding in high temps for the day; time to hole up in my favorite low-cost digs, Motel 6.
|Our home away from home|
That's it for today, time to go see if I can score something to eat, then grab some shut-eye. Not many miles today - 235 - but a nice ride just the same.