After a warm Portland summer, the fall season has kicked off with some great riding weather. I decided to use the opportunity to further explore what the Orange Line extension of Tri-Met makes available to us.
First things first: I finally got to ride a GenZe e-bike across the Tilikum Bridge! It is a gorgeous bridge and a great ride. A truly awesome addition to our city and community. If you haven’t made the trip, I highly recommend it!
After the bridge, I checked out the last Sunday Parkways of the season at Westmoreland Park. It is HUGE. If you haven’t been there yet, check it out. Soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts are dispersed throughout the park, giving you a plethora of options for weekend activities.
Westmoreland Park is also great for a picnic, a stroll, or just some R&R. It’s not a bad place for the amateur bird watcher, either. There are always ducks and geese, and you can find an array of birds by the natural stream that runs through the landscape.
If you’re trying to get down to Gladstone, hop on the Trolley Trail at the end of the Orange Line for a nice ride.
You will have to cross a few streets, but the trail is paved, and everything is nicely marked. Local artists helped to give the ride a view by making public art out of the trees that were cut down to build the trail. It’s perfect for leisurely post-brunch cruise.
The Trolley Trail is right on the Willamette, so you’ll get some great views of the river as you pedal along. I found myself switching to throttle mode every once in awhile to let the beauty of our city sink in.
Plans are in motion to connect the Trolley Trail to the Spring Water Corridor creating a commuter path from Gladstone through Oregon City and Milwaukie into Portland. In the meantime, hope to see you on the trail!