A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take my first bike ride to Cathedral Park in St. Johns. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been living in Portland just about three years now; however, biking is a new hobby. The weather was great and and views spectacular.

My trip started in Northwest Portland. I rode past the historic Montgomery Park building and continued down St. Helen’s Highway. This was the longest leg and had a great view of Forest park on one side and a nice view of the Columbia River on the other. Once I got to the historic St. John’s Bridge, I pedaled up the bridge entrance (which felt like a Mountain) and continued to cross.

Up on the bridge, I took a brief stop to take in the phenomenal view. To the southeast you can catch a glimpse of downtown Portland and to the northwest another great view of the river.

After taking in the sites from the bridge I continued into the St. John’s neighborhood and stopped for a break in Cathedral Park and then explored the neighborhood.  What a unique little spot!  There are plenty of dive bars, cafes, and shops to make anyone feel welcome.  It truly feels like a small city within the city.

I am happy to report that my first biking adventure in Portland was a success; largely due to the fact that the city is so bike-friendly.  Believe it or not, you can find a biking map of the city at a number of local shops.  Some highways even have a bike lane!

My first “official” bike ride in Portland was superb.  I look forward to taking more trips this summer!