|Inside on of Seattle's many coffee shops, waiting to catch the Bolt Bus to Portland.|
|Swifty and the BoltBus in beautiful downtown Portland.|
The BoltBus left Seattle at 8:00 AM and I was in downtown Portland by 11:00 AM.
|A small black scooter and BIG PINK office building.|
After Michael went back to work, I scootered across one of Portland's many bridges to go check out was was new at Clever Cycles. Along the way, I had a couple of different people spontaneously ask me about Swifty. And when I rolled into Clever Cycles, Todd said "I had a guy in here this morning asking what kinds of kick scooters we had here. I asked him if you'd sent him, but he claimed he didn't know you. I showed him the Nimble."
|This is the Nimble Cargo Scooter.|
|Todd test rides Swifty|
|Todd appreciates the smooth ride you get from 16" pneumatic tires.|
|This is the motor and the drive wheel.|
|The rectangular pouch is the battery.|
|The little rotating knob is the throttle. There's also a tiny switch (not visible here) to activate the system.|
|The battery is the single most visible change to the entire bike.|
|One of the windows at Clever is prismatic and the afternoon light makes the whole place kind of trippy.|
|I didn't see any of these. Maybe it was too late in the day or maybe it's just a summer thing.|
At 7:00 PM I worked my way back downtown to join the #NOKXL protest rally. This was one of hundreds of protests taking place against the extraction of tar sands oil and the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.
|I brought my own NO KXL sign but the protest organizers also provided the NO PIPELINE banners.|
|This was the niftiest bit of protest art, towed to the site by bike because this is Portland.|
Michael and I met back up at the rally. There was chanting and most of the cars going by were honking in support. There were probably around a hundred of us in the crowd.
After the rally Michael and I made our way over to Velo Cult. Velo Cult is both a bar and bike shop. This is Portland. Of course they have a bar that is also a bike shop or maybe it's a bike shop that is also a bar. By the way, if you want to learn more about Portland, I highly recommend a documentary series on IFC called Portlandia. Some people claim it's a comedy, but as near as I can tell, it's 100% true.
|Of course there's a bluegrass band playing tonight. Because this is Portland.|
|See, not just bikes. Also beer and cider and tea and...|
|Every blog post is improved by adding cute animal pictures|
It's another pretty day in Portland and on my way to my next destination, I stopped by a Little Free Library. I love these things and Portland has a lot of them.
Portland also has plenty of random art. This caught my eye.
I had an appointment to check out Rose City Recumbents. In a few months they'll have a regular retail storefront, but for now they're working out a warehouse/shop space.
|This is a CRUZBIKE Front-wheel drive recumbent.|
|I'd ridden FWD years ago and was happy to learn I hadn't lost the skill.|
|Jonathan checks out Swifty. I think we have a new scooter fan.|
Of course I went by another Little Free Library. I got a nice book of Ogden Nash poems from this one.
In downtown Portland I folded up Swifty and got back on the Bolt Bus. Three hours later, this was my view as we rolled into Seattle.
Keep 'em rolling,