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We're Gone from Oregon

Well, that was fast.

semi-overcast 105 °F

We leave our host in Oregon around 10:30 and set out for the wilds of Portland. It is official: We are heading east in a very serious manner. Farewell, West Coast. You are arguably the best coast. Seriously, the weather here is so much more temperate than on the East Coast. Also, mountains right into the sea. Clearly, we have a winner.
The drive from Eugene to Portland went quickly, farms and distant mountains disrupting the horizon. Sunday morning car time passed easily, filled with conversation and plans for the future.
We arrive in Portland right on time for the Brunch Rush. I meant to capitalize that. In one of the quirky stores we found a book about Portland's obsession with late breakfast, more commonly termed brunch. We also found many hemp and bamboo products, handmade earrings, local arts and crafts. This city is crunchy. Just like the granola they like with their home-cultured yogurt for brunch.

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The afternoon is set aside for driving. We start out on I-84 but soon see signs for the Bridge of the Gods. We agree that this is a place we should be. So we cross over the Bridge of Gods. Holy cow. /the view over the Columbia River, though. Wow. The GPS freaks out tries to get us to turn around using this narrow, one lane mountain road. No dice. You won't get us that easy, GPS. We thoroughly situate ourselves on SR-14. Washington state is hilarious: Their state route numbers are placed in the center of a silhouette of George Washington. SR-14 turns out to be the high road, climbing the mountain sides flanking the Columbia. We often find ourselves looking down at I-84. Sr-14 is a lot of fun to drive, and is very beautiful. We stop in Kennewick for the night, where the locals eyes our New York plates with curiosity. Tomorrow, we take on Idaho and Montana.

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Posted by MiriG 23:27 Tagged road_trip oregon driving lower road trip washington pun lower_48 48 columbia_river sr-14 bridge_of_the_gods west_coast_is_best_coast

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