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Matthew There's nothing to it but to do it.

Do the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride (read all 5 entries…)
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Well I finished the 65 mile Flying Wheels ride this weekend. People have said that if you can do this ride, then the STP should be no problem. The ride wasn’t as bad as I had thought it to be, the hills were pretty tough though. All that’s left to do for me is book a place to stay in Portland and figure out how to get back.


joie de vivre Here, now and until the end

is it too late to sign up for the bus?

That’s what I would do, is use the official STP bus.

When you arrive in Portland – I am assuming you’re doing the 2 day – here’s the drill.

Walk your bike immediately to the truck and load it. With luck, your bike will arrive back in Seattle before you do. You don’t need it any more, anyway.

Walk to your luggage in the luggage room. Put away things you don’t need immediately. I think your $250 pair of sunglasses are safer stowed in your luggage than left outside while you’re taking your shower. Just get the stuff you need for your shower out of your luggage; leave the rest there.

Get in line for the shower truck. You’re male, you have to wait. We ladies usually get to just waltz in. Take a shower and change into clean clothes. You’re now nearly human.

Walk to the food stands. Get yourself a burrito, gyro, or some other substantive snack. Walk it into the beer garden, and drink a beer while consuming said food item. Your humanity is now completely restored. The beer garden then also gives you a place to rendezvous with anyone who you might want to rendezvous with. Regale others with stories of the last two days.

Now that your beer has rendered you sufficiently mellow and you’ve had some restorative calories/vitamins/protein/carbs, you’re readyfor the bus. Walk back to your luggage, and stow all your things away. Check out of the luggage room with all your stuff and board the bus.

Board the bus, snooze, look at all the miles roll by out the window that you’ve rode over the two days. When you get off the bus, with luck, your bike has already arrived, and you can fetch it and put it on your car, and drive away.

Matthew There's nothing to it but to do it.

Thanks for the advice. I was originally thinking of staying in Portland sunday night and taking the train back monday afternoon. It didn’t occur to me to just head back that evening. Anyways, I went ahead and bought the bus return from Cascade. Thanks again!

joie de vivre Here, now and until the end

Going back Sunday or Monday?

I’ve never stayed over Sunday night. The only time I stayed over was when I did a one-day, and went home on Sunday.

Matthew There's nothing to it but to do it.

Going back sunday evening. This is my first time doing the STP so I’m doing the two day ride.

joie de vivre Here, now and until the end

Sunday return

I think coming back Sunday should work well for you – one less day away from work, don’t have the expense of an overnight stay.

Just be sure to eat something before you get on the bus. The worst of it is that the traffic is often bad Sunday late afternoon/evening. If you’ve had a substantial snack, you’ll be sitting on the bus in greater comfort. Don’t be surprised if you can eat an actual supper when you get home.

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