The first couple of days from Portland to Hood River Oregon just didn’t feel like the start of a big bike trip. It may have been that we had ridden the route too many times before or that riding busy I-84 was too much like city riding. However camping at Ainsworth state park with it’s secluded walk in tent sites and hot showers was very pleasant.
The next day we arrived at Hood River feeling a little worn out so we treated ourselves to a hotel despite having ridden a scant 31 miles. When we biked cross country 25 years ago we stayed in only one hotel the entire trip. I suspect we will stay in many more hotels on this trip despite our love of camping.
The highlight of the second day was a long visit at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. The lush green grounds combined with the quaint white buildings, ponds, and walking paths give it the feel of an English cottage garden.
Inside one of those quaint white buildings lives Herman. Herman is a pre-historic looking 450 pound fish, a sturgeon. He is so big and ugly, he’s cute, especially when you first walk in and he presses his nose against the glass to get a better look at the new visitor