Last weekend was a busy one for us. I took Friday off work so that we could meet Barb from Riding and Running, in Portland. She was in town to run the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon, before heading to Idaho to run another this coming weekend.
For some reason we were up with the birds at 5:30 am and headed out of the house by 9. Stopped for petrol and to put the car through the automatic car wash for it's once yearly bath.
Soon we were on the road and heading North on I-5. Traffic was pretty light until we got to the outskirts of Portland. We were to pick up Barb at her hotel in downtown Portland around 11:30-11:45 am. Downtown Portland won't be busy on a Friday at noon will it?
Between traffic and road construction, I gave up on our Garmin GPS and grabbed the paper Portland city map we keep in the glove box for just such occasions. Our Garmin has always been a little bit of a plonker and doesn't always do what you need, when you need it to.
Troubadour and I make a pretty good team, he drives, I navigate. We managed to find Barb, re-set the GPS for across the river and were off.
There was a huge line up at the Mexican place we were going to have lunch so we managed to find seats at a cute little Thai place down the street. Our noodle soup lunch was great, as was the conversation. It is always so nice to meet other bloggers in person that you've become friends with over the interweb.
After lunch we walked back towards the car stopping for fresh made ice cream/sorbet along the way.
We dropped Barb off at the Convention Center so she could attend the fitness expo for a few hours and pick up her race packet. We managed to take a few pictures, get in a hug or two, and say our goodbyes.
Troubadour and I decided to make a few stops along the way home. REI to see what they had on sale, Native Foods for dinner and at the outlet stores in Woodburn too. We got home rather late actually, but avoided most of the rush hour traffic.
Saturday wasn't quite as busy. We both attended coffee, Brad rode his Tiger whereas I drove the car. After coffee he headed to the range to teach a Team Oregon IRT class and I, like a good little Hausfrau, went grocery shopping then cleaned the house and did laundry.
Sunday was another busy day.
Sunday was the annual Oregon Vintage Motorcycle show and because it is just a few blocks from our house, we can never resist going. Of course the day dawned grey and with scattered rain storms. We waited until the rains stopped and walked to the fairgrounds.
We walked through the new car sales show to get to the fairgrounds. I took a picture of the sky to show the kind of day we were having.
|(Looking west over the fairgrounds)|
This year seemed to be a little sparse both with vendors set up for the swap meet and for bikes on display. I think I said the same last year, but this year seemed to have even less. The marque this year was Norton.
I did manage to take a few pictures of bikes.
|(JC Penny Pinto)|
|(The Norton display area)|
|(custom 1976 Honda CB500T)|
|(1959 Honda C71, found in a barn in Japan in 2011, 247 cc)|
There seemed to be mostly the same bikes from previous years so I didn't bother to take any more pics. The barn find above had the largest crowd around it. We kept circling back around trying to catch it without a line up of people waiting to take pictures.
As we were walking out of the fairgrounds we passed a collection of plantings. The master gardeners have a display garden and it was in full bloom.
|(Ninebark, aka Physocarpus)|
|(For some reason I can't remember what this one is)|
|( A rose is a rose.....)|
|(Another shrub rose)|
We managed to make it home just as it started to rain, and boy did it rain. Didn't last long though, just off and on all afternoon.
Sunday afternoon was also the annual spring potluck picnic for our local motorcycle forum. Most chose to take their cars, we did too. The winds had come up and although there was some sunshine between the rain storms, it was quite cool.
We had a good picnic and arrived home close to 6 pm. A busy weekend done.
This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend and the kick off to summer. A lot of campers and drunk drivers on the road so we usually stay home while everyone else leaves. It makes for a peaceful weekend. I see yard work in my future. Maybe I'll actually get those landscape pictures taken.
- Au Revoir
" It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" - Mark Twain