This ride felt obligatory at first, owing to the fact that I was tired and a little crampy and not feeling inspired to ride. But as I got farther from the house I felt more like riding, and the weather cooperated by not raining at all even though showers had been forecast.
I made my coffee stop early on, because frankly I needed a shot of caffeine. I'd heard AJ Java (conrer of NE Albina and Rosa Parks) was now roasting on the premises, and I wanted to sample the brew.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the house blend. Rich
without being overpowering, and at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon I
enjoyed an obviously fresh cup even though they'd close in an hour. I'd
recommend it and I will add it to my list of coffee shops that roast
on-site with good results. Go there.
(As it was and ever shall be, world without end, amen...)
From there I took a long, leisurely loop from Northeast Portland all the way down to River City Bicycles (to order a small part I knew I could get there, and because I now felt like taking a longer ride).
A few more photos from the loop:
The rest of the set from today's ride can be found here:
(scroll down to photos labeled "# 3")
A lovely ride. Total 8.7 miles.