In which I attempt to ride all the yellow, green, blue & purple streets on the Bike There Bike Map while increasing strength, stamina, aerobic capacity and exploring Portland’s nooks and crannies.
Weather: Sunny and HOT with little breeze
Time: about 1.5 hours
N Lombard & N Denver
Head south on Denver (towards Rosa Parks way)
L on Ainsworth
R on 37th.
L on Alberta Ct.
L on 52nd
R on Killingsworth
L on 55th
L on Ainsworth
L on 42nd
R on 41st
L on Holman
L on 6th
R on Ainworth
R on Williams
L on Rosa Parks
R on Denver to start.
I took two “Growing Fruits in Your Backyard” classes offered by the city of Portland and hosted by Glen Andresen who you can also hear on KBOO radio, or via your computer. During the classes, (which were fantastic) he told us where he lived, which I wrote down. I decided today to go take a look at his yard. I remembered his cross streets as being NE 42nd & NE Alberta Ct, so I plotted my route accordingly. When I neared my destination, I had the “uh oh” moment. Did he really live at those cross streets, or was I just making them up? I should have checked before I left the house. I also had to pick up the milk and that was done successfully.
How did I do?
Aside from my thrice-weekly 4 miles each way bicycle to work and back, I’ve not been doing much cycling. So I took it easy, partially because of that and partially because it was very hot and partially because it was my last day of vacation and I didn’t feel like a strenuous bike ride.
Glorious Bicycling Moments/Neat Things:
The metal leaf on the chimney of this house is visible from Rosa Parks Way and is quite lovely.
A nice example of a front yard garden.
I’ve had my eye on this plot of land.
Ainsworth is a pretty wide street, and nice to ride ones bike on.
The Rose Gardens at Peninsula Park.
Which are lovely.
This UCC church is open to all. The sign says, “Multi-Racial, Multi-Cultural, Open and Affirming to all.”
Concordia University is in this neighborhood. I liked their mural.
A man was watering his vegetables growing in his parking strip and we chatted about the amazing ability of winter squash to climb AND hold their squash up.
A closer look.
Here are the cross streets I thought I was given.
Apparently, I was wrong.
So now I have no idea where he lives, but I decide to check out Alberta Ct.
A fun artsy gate.
And some road paintings. When I was taking this picture a guy walking by said, “Are you casing their house?” I told him I might be.
I first saw this from the side and wondered if large-chain mailbox posts would ever come into fashion again. But then I saw it from the front and WOW! Large chain and
an address? Nifty.
Ainsworth between 55th and 42nd has these amazingly large lots. I was a little jealous.
As stated before, I’m a fan of clever graffiti and this tickled my funny bone.
Now I’m home and looking for the Glen Andresen’s cross streets and can’t find my notes. I’m afraid they were purged in the last great “reorganize the garden notes.” Poop. It was a nice bike ride, though.