Cycling Adventure & The Painfully Cold Shower

Flower fields on Sauvie Island, Oregon

Flower fields on Sauvie Island, Oregon

Day #11

On the morning of Day #11, otherwise known as June 20th, we got stuck at Target. We intended to make a quick stop there on the way out to Sauvie Island, but the quick stop turned into 3 hours.

It was all good. This was a Target superstore, and we needed some stuff, so that was cool. We stocked up on food, water, and various supplies (paper towels, paper plates, etc.). And when we brought everything out to the RV, we then got caught up in another reorganization of our stuff. 

And that turned into having to also make a stop at West Marine. We needed some hook thingies to hang some stuff with, and we needed toilet chemicals. And we needed to waste time walking all around the store ‘cause it was big and really nice and full of stuff  that is fun to look at, but that we didn’t really need.

I was pretty happy when we finally pulled out of that shopping center, and headed out to Sauvie Island to go cycling. Not sure what the whole story about Sauvie Island is, but we sure enjoyed it. It seems to be all agricultural, and nature preserve-ish. 

Let the cycling begin!

Let the cycling begin!

If you want to drive around Sauvie Island, you have to pay like $8 or so, for a permit. The guy who owned the little convenience store/bait shop (ya gotta be careful which fridge section you go food shopping in!), he let us park in his lot for free, since we were just gonna be cycling around the island.

We had a great ride. Sauvie Island is just outside of the city, but it’s completely rural. A great place, and a great sunny day for a bike ride.

Out and about around Sauvie Island

Out and about around Sauvie Island

Since we had gotten such a late start to the day, by time we finished our ride, it was already 5:00 pm. So, instead of going back to the “night is like day” RV park, we decided to just shower in the RV, and head right downtown for dinner and drinks.

Problem…the hot water fault indicator light kept coming on. Damn! We couldn’t get hot water! I was determined to take a shower, and so I just took an all-cold water shower. The water was colder than I bargained for. It was painfully cold, and the entire 1.5 minutes of my shower, I screamed and cussed like a sailor. Smartly, perhaps, after hearing me screaming through my shower, Mark decided to just wipe down with a wet paper towel and skip the real shower. Smart man. A little dirt and sweat never hurt anyone.

Downtown Portland

Downtown Portland is cool. It is so cool, that, right off of the city center, there exists the coolest Apple store ever. It is all glass on three sides! WOW!!! For Mark and I, being the Apple lovers that we are, it was an overwhelmingly beautiful site!!

Apple store, in downtown Portland

Apple store, in downtown Portland

OK, seen the Apple store. Next, dinner and drinks at the roof-top restaurant at The Nines (hotel). Nice views overlooking the city. Great food. Great drinks. Pricey, yes. A thing to do once, definitely! 

View from the top of the Nines

View from the top of the Nines

View from the top of the Nines

View from the top of the Nines

And so concluded Day #11. Another perfect day (except for that darn shower!!).

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