|Flying A Gas Station - Gladstone|
MAX First: It was the first time I put my bike on MAX. Yes, after over 8 years here, it took me this long to ride MAX with my bicycle. I think I was partly unsure how it would work, and partly unsure what benefit it would bring.
As it turned out, it was relatively easy to put your bike on MAX. It also was incredibly beneficial. Using MAX really extends the places where you can ride your bike in the area without getting in your car. It was also the first time I was on the new MAX Orange Line. We hopped on the Orange Line at SE Clinton and rode to the end of the line at Park Avenue in Milwaukie, where we easily connected with the relatively new Trolley Trail.
|Trolley Trail: Map Source Metro|
Gladstone Surprise: The trail terminates in Gladstone. We stopped at a little cafe in downtown Gladstone for a beverage, and what a treat! We got a chance to talk to some locals and had a birds-eye view of the fully restored Flying A Gas Station.
I felt like I had stepped back in time and partly expected Andy Griffith to walk down the street.
|Source: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, via Wikimedia Commons|
Up Lifting: We took our bikes for a ride up and down the elevator. I felt like I was in a movie set or perhaps even a queue for a ride in Disneyland. The 50's aesthetic remains, and there's even an elevator operator inside. This is not a self-serve elevator! There's this great little vista house at the top, with amazing views of the river and the town below. You must go see this. It's incredible!
The day was warming, so we decided to head back instead of exploring Oregon City further. We altered our return trip just a bit, and rode along the new bike paths from the Park Avenue MAX station to downtown Milwaukie. This is now an easy and pleasant ride along the new multi-use path down to the Milwaukie waterfront. What a great way to explore new areas, and I'll go back again.