We boarded an Amtrak train in Vancouver and 8-1/2 hours later arrived in Portland, Oregon. We then rode our touring bikes back to Vancouver.
We crossed the Willamette River to the motel district and spent a pleasant night in an $80 special.
The following morning we rode along the left bank of the Willamette River north to the Columbia River and then west to the historic town of Astoria close to the Pacific Ocean.
As we approached the town of St Helens we could see four large volcanoes in the Cascade Range off to the east.
To the north is Mt St Helens, the volcano that erupted in 1980.
To the northeast, and also in Washington, is Mt Adams, named after the second president of the United States.
To the right again is Mt Hood, in Oregon and close to the Columbia River.
Right again and 100 miles south of Hood, is Mt Jefferson, named after the third president of the United States.
I section hiked this country along the Pacific Crest Trail a few years ago.
Below is a mural on the Bridge of the Gods on the Columbia River at Cascade Locks.
Now back to our cycling trip ....
Highway 30 from Portland to Astoria was very busy. This section, mostly on the south side of the Columbia River is industrial. The noise of heavy trucks was wearing after eight hours in the saddle.
The bridge over the Columbia at Astoria in six kilometers long and high enough to allow major ships to pass below.