Does anyone else think it’s weird that Portland identifies itself by its airport code? Like the only thing going on is the entry and exit? Vancouver PDX. “Yo, Mill Valley SFO in the HOUSE!” Weird, but I should talk; I live in McMinnville WTF (“Did I really see an “88” sticker and VANITY PLATE on a big white truck?”).
PDX is the only… no, you can ride a bike to Oakland from OAK, too, but I’m not that certain of where Oakland is. It’s pretty trivial to leave the Portland Int’l Airport and suddenly be in the actual city, though, even on foot. The airport is a more integral part of the city than most I’ve experienced.
Anyway, I’m pleased to show off my bicycle, I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing the bikes and goodies (custom leather walnut holders?), and wandering around with beer with my friendses. I usually go to these things stag, much as I ride my bike usually alone, so I’m hoping for some character-building. It will probably be like my bike rides with friends – it usually only happens once. “You’re a dick. That wasn’t even a fucking trail. Do you LIKE carrying your bike more than riding it? Why didn’t you wait for me? What took you so long? I think you’ve never been here before. At least you came back when you heard me crash.”