Our Ride to Powell Butte Nature Park - Portland, Oregon3:16 PM
We caught what is probably the last bit of sun yesterday and rode our bikes to the Powell Butte Nature Park. Everyone needed to get out and into nature for a bit. We were going a little stir crazy the last few days. The roundtrip total was about 20 miles. We used the 205 Multi-Use Path and the Springwater Corridor Trail to get there, so the ride was super easy. We were only on neighborhood roads getting to the path itself from our house, and from the path to the main entrance of the park.
The only thing is that the main entrance is up a pretty long and too steep to ride up, for us, hill. I know, I know it's a butte! But I really wasn't expecting the climb. We got up just a little and then had to push the bikes up. After riding 10 miles I was already in need of food refuel and lacked the energy to finish getting the bike up the hill, so Brian had to help once he had already gotten the first bike up. As you can see in the photo below he also carried Ellie while pushing the bike. Just so you know I offered to carry her.
After that crazy climb up we sat, ate our lunch, then headed for a little hike around the park. The view of Mount Hood was amazing and totally worth the burning muscles. The kids were able to run around, and we even saw a coyote. The ride back was a lot colder, but still not too bad. Definitely not a ride we would do everyday, or week for that matter. Though, it was a great ride to test our limits, and explore some greatly needed nature.
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