Leaving from my accommodation at the recommended Northwest Portland Hostel, I routed up NW Lovejoy Street, following my nose as the road wound its way up into a leafy resisdential area. After less than a mile, Lovejoy becomes NW Cornell, which turns into NW Thompson Road before hitting an intersection to NW Skyline Boulevard.
At the intersection take a right on Skyline for 12 miles, bearing in mind that you can turn on either of Germantown, Newberry, McNamee or Cornelius Pass to shorten the route by reaching over to the return strip on St. Helens Road. The return drag takes you along a main road with busy traffic – it’s flat, but hectic. Stay in the bike lane and be particularly careful as you roll through the final two miles in the industrial areas – I flatted here.
For a full list of other cycling routes in Portland, go to pdxcyling.com.