Side note: Why is it that I can never pass through Tacoma without seeing a nasty car accident?? What is that??
The trip down was fun though. The radio played a collection of random rad songs: More Than Words - by Extreme, and Fat Bottom Girls - by Queen, to name a couple. Jess and I laughed, sang, and talked, and really enjoyed ourselves. We made it to the hotel just before 9pm, dropped off our stuff, and I jumped on the bed for awhile, (something I insist on doing at every hotel I stay at.)
Being that we were both starving and in the mood for "Portland nightlife," we decided to hit the town. 1.0 has an old friend who lives down there and we texted him for a recommendation. I believe we said something like, "Can you recommend a good pub in Portland?..We're looking for a lot of bearded folk, just so you know the type of establishment we're after...you know...hippy/cyclist places. :)" He was pretty much useless and I'm pretty sure he thought we were crazy. We ended up in the Hawthorne District, which is where I used to hang out when I used to go to Portland before I had kids. It is a funky little part of town with cool little shops and cafes. We ended up at BridgePort Ale House. I had a butternut squash soup, which was ridiculous good, and POUTINE of all things! It was amazing! I was a bit nervous when I read that it was topped with feta, instead of cheese curd, but I was pleasantly surprised by its yumminess.
Portland is very cool. Have I mentioned this yet?? There are bikes everywhere! It totally reminds me of Vancouver BC, except it's like a cute quirky little city where all the men have big sexy manly beards. Mmmm...yummy. The bike lanes are everywhere and they are very well marked. This place is definitely not like Everett, where cyclists are rare because of the white trash, who consider it sport to see how close they can drive to us without actually hitting us, or my personal favorite - sticking their pit-bull's head out the car window to let it bark as they pass at top speed. Now I am going to go out on a limb here and say that people may actually like cyclists in Portland! Jeez...should I move??
|Is that creepy or what?!|
|River City Bicycles ~ Portland, OR|
|First time on the saddle.|
|Chris King R45 Hubs|
|Those are the rims. Spokes and hubs are different.|
brought out a pair of custom built Stan's Notube Alpha Pro's with Chris King R45 hubs...for $765!!! 1.0 nearly wet himself. The Hubs alone are worth $550! The retail on the rims is $240. Do you see where I going here?? What an incredible deal!
OK, so this shop gets even cooler. They put the new wheels on for free, which was really nice, considering that everything needed to be switched over from the old wheels. They even threw in 2 free bike wheel bags for my old wheel set! And if that wasn't enough, they gave me a free Oregon State biking sticker, 2 water bottles each for 1.0 and I, and a free cycling shop hat worth $14 for 1.0! Oh, and did I mention that they had a free espresso bar in the store with free cookies?? *screams* I totally hugged Stefan when I left! So total damage for everything: $2860. Actual worth: ~$4400. Damn.
|A picture is worth a thousand words.|