A Three Speed Ride to Willamette Falls, 11 April 2021

Camera: Minolta SR-T 101. Lens: MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Sunday April 11 was the beginning of a full-on “pseudo-summer” week in Portland. Temperatures would hit the mid-70s F (23-25C) by weeks end. This Sunday was pleasant but cooler at 60F/16C. Still, a great day to ride!

Right about now is when I’d do the springtime Three Speed Ride. I haven’t led any rides since pandemic happened last March and don’t intend to do any until we really “round the bend”. But that doesn’t mean that Emee and I can’t have a little three speed fun! We decided to ride to the destination of my last big Three Speed Ride in April 2019–Willamette Falls in Oregon City.

We had a leisurely morning at home and departed in the afternoon. Unlike the last time, we shortened the distance by taking the MAX light rail to the end of the Green Line at Clackamas Town Center. Starting at a mall was convenient, as Emee needed to return something to REI. And after getting out of the tangle of mall-land, we were cruising (mostly) easily on the I-205 bike path, well, it is a bit loud being next to a freeway. But the benefit of heading south from Clackamas to Oregon City on the path is that it’s more downhill than up!

It was about a forty-five minute ride to get to Oregon City. We used the Oregon City Municipal Elevator to lift us 130 feet/40m from downtown to uptown. The Promenade along the bluff afforded a great view of the city, falls, and distant Mount St. Helens and Adams. The rocky oak savannah on the west end of the Promenade was the spot to see Willamette Falls in all its glory. I had loaded my Minolta SR-T 101 with Kodak Ektar 100 and also brought a telephoto lens and tripod, but didn’t use either accessory. (I also had the Olympus XA2 loaded with black and white Kodak Tri-X.) The sun was really hitting the falls at this point in the day, so I didn’t end up taking as many pictures as I thought.

It was time for libations, so we hit up the Highland Still House across from the falls for some British Isles inspired food and yes, whisky. It was getting dark, so we cruised northward on the Trolley Trail through Gladstone and Oak Grove, and then hopped on the MAX in Milwaukie to take us the rest of the way home. It was 16 miles of total riding.

It was a good little ride. If everything goes to plan, I should be able to bring back this particular Three Speed Ride next spring. (I hope to do a Three Speed Ride in October, but it’ll be with a different route.) The photos came out ok, but I should come down here again, but earlier in the day (ha!) to get better shots. You can see them here, or via the dynamic flickr album below.

Willamette Falls, Oregon City. 11 April 2021

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