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Portland OregonC
Apr 15, 2002 8:13 AM
Looking for begining road riding help . Just bought a road bike and i will be the first to say it is NOT like my mt. bike . Just about killed myself riding around the block . Looking for 10 to 20 mile rides ?
re: Portland OregonCTatum
May 7, 2002 9:48 AM
So i guess nobody wants to help a newbie ? Fine i just ride by myself . LoL
Here are some resources...PdxMark
May 7, 2002 1:24 PM
for ride routes...

Depending on where your starting, I might know a couple route for you to try. Enjoy and be safe.

Here are some resources...CTatum
May 8, 2002 10:10 AM
Thanks mark . Can't wait to get off work to go ride !
re: Portland Oregonoregonyankee
May 23, 2002 2:11 PM

There are a couple of good books - probably available at Powells - on road cycling around Portland. "Bike Rides in Northwest Oregon" (or something close to that) is very good and there is another with a group of riders on the cover - two women leading - that is also very, very good (sorry - I don't recall the name). As a newbie, you should investigate the Champoeg Park and French Prairie areas. Pretty flat, scenic, fairly low traffic and lots of riders on weekends. Routes of all distances are available. I ride quite a lot but never tire of going back to Champoeg. Also, for a noodle, the ride around waterfront park (includling the Steel Bridge and Morrison Bridge). Also, the bike path along Marine Drive is really nice - esp on a sunny warm day. Then there's Sauvie Island - park at the foot of the bridge and do the 12 or 25 mile loop. I could go on - Portland is America's number 1 cycling city - and for good reason!

Happy riding
re: Portland OregonCTatum
May 24, 2002 10:19 AM
Thanks for the info peter . I'll try them , getting old riding 205 bike path and spring water trail .
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 18, 2002 10:19 AM
Hello Fabin
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 18, 2002 10:53 AM
Hello JohnSmith, how are you doing? Have you been riding much? When I clicked on the link I saw only the original message not the last one, Whoops
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 18, 2002 12:02 PM
Did you check the Oregonlive site? They have tons of job listings and house/apt rentals info. It's really the best place to get info from.
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 19, 2002 9:00 AM
I've checked the site and there is a lot of good information. I am just waiting a little bit because it will still be at least 2 mo. before I come up there and at least 3-4 before Danie comes up. Got to wait for the baby.
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 19, 2002 9:28 AM
Why will she be coming so much later? Will you be making the move slowly? I'll be expensive to pay 2 rents. Will she be able to xfer to another costco? YOur right, there are 4 in the area.
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 19, 2002 9:36 AM
She will be coming later because she wants to make sure that I find a job and an apartment. She can xfer to another costco but it depends on the availablity of jobs in the warehouse. We shouldn't be paying 2 rents for long, perhaps only one month if things go well. I am just a little worried about how fast I can find a job since $$ flow is a big concern.
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 19, 2002 9:58 AM
It might can a few months to find something good. Your best bet is to find something quick, like the German restaurant whick pays good tips, then spend time during the day for career work. You mentioned that you can move with msdw? What doest that entail?
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 19, 2002 10:10 AM
I don't think I want to move with msdw. If I did, I would be taking a different position all together and that not for a very long time. The german restaurant may not be a bad idea. Though the thought of coming up is really starting to worry me financially. I already got a new job here in Merced working for a local internet provider and I am going to teach on the side because it is a career that I have been thinking about for some time now.
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 19, 2002 10:33 AM
Every move is scary. You just have to take the jump. And financial worrys never go away. They just get bigger the move money you make.
You can stay with me until you get on your feet. You can move up, stay with me in my basement and use my internet and home address/phone till you find work. That will help you on your financial situation. Actually, you can use my home address on your resume too, it might help getting work. It took me about 3 months before I got setteled with a job, and I came during the worst time for the economy.
But your should wait for the baby and tighten up on the spending until the move. You probably dont have too much stuff, so you probably dont need a truck. If you do, it's very cheap to rent one in the winter. Also consider UPS to mail up boxes and such. I mailed up a a few car loads of boxes when Leeanne moved and it cost only about $100. That's cheap.
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 19, 2002 10:54 AM
I appreciate you letting me stay at your home. I think the way that we will get this accomplished is for me to move up get a job as a waiter (preferrably at the german restaurant since I have experience as a waiter and with German) I will update my resume to reflect the new information. I probably should get a local number as soon as I can. I will start looking at t-mobile. this crap is scary.
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 19, 2002 12:43 PM
That's a good plan.
You can probably do pretty good as a waiter too. There's a quite a few nice restaurants here to choose from. There's also a ton of coffee/bakery/cafe type places too. You'll find something- that I'm not worried about. Finding a good career job will take some time, but who knows, you might get lucky pretty fast. Try not to get too worried about everything! Think of all the fun we'll have together, the riding, climbing, hiking, kayaking. My girls will you to help you with the baby. Danny will and my sister will both have each other as a resouce for the babies too. It'll work out, just try to be optimistic.
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 19, 2002 1:35 PM
I am staying optimistic about the whole thing. I know that everything will work out in the end and it will probably be the best decision that I can make in my life. In the meantime, until I come up, I will be studying as much as possible in the area of finance/accounting (area where I can use some help). While working at the ISP I will try to learn as much as possible so that I may develop some other marketable skills to take with me. As for the baby, I am sure things will work out. Danielle's sister was also considering moving out, though to Seattle, the idea of Portland applealed to her. Danielle's mother is also thinking about it. I can't wait for all the fun.
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 19, 2002 1:40 PM
What are you doing at the ISP? I didn't know you got a new job? Did you quit MSDW?
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 19, 2002 1:55 PM
I quit on Tuesday, tomorrow is my last day. The ISP is also a local Coffee Shop that I have frequented since they opened about a year ago. The coffee shop is just a side business that the ISP has. They want me to manage part of the cafe and do some bookkeeping in the back. In the process I am going to learn as much as possible so to take with me.
re: Portland OregonJohnSmith
Sep 20, 2002 10:17 AM
what's the IPS?
re: Portland OregonCTatum
Sep 23, 2002 8:15 AM
Good luck with the baby and the move and the job hunt ect . Hope you enjoy your stay in the best cycling city in the U.S.A.
re: Portland Oregonfmills
Sep 23, 2002 7:05 PM
thanks for the positive wishes, perhaps when I arrive we all can enjoy some rides together.