We are riding along the Historic Columbia River Highway, built in 1913-22 through the Columbia River Gorge from Troutdale to The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first planned scenic roadway in the US. Modeled after the great scenic roads of Europe, it was designed to take full advantage of all the natural beauty along the route. The scenery is spectacular, but the engineering of this road with the decorative bridges, windowed tunnels, and elaborate viaducts is also quite impressive.
But even before construction was complete, the design had become obsolete as motorists wanted a faster, more direct route through the gorge. By the 1930s, discussion had already started about developing a water level route which later became Interstate 84. Some of the original road is still intact, while other parts were overtaken by the interstate or left to fall to ruin. Recent restoration efforts have converted some sections of the original road to a hike/bike trail.
The Columbia River Gorge is most known for its high concentration of waterfalls, with over 90 on the Oregon side alone. Our plan is to ride east on the Oregon side, cross the Columbia River at The Dalles, and then ride west back to Portland on the Washington side.
The Multnomah Lodge champagne brunch buffet is responsible for us only making 21 miles today. We suffered some serious food comas.
Ron is a bit of a fitness nut. Not satisfied with our milage for the day, he convinced me to do some yoga. I spent most of my time in shavasana.