Tuesday 2 August 2011

Seattle to San Francisco - Log #02# (Portland, Oregon)

Just 10 minutes into Portland spark plugs defaulted and the engine's second cylinder stopped working. 

With only one cylinder working, an average speed of 10 km/h and a terrible noise coming from the engine managed to drive into Brown's service shop.

Gene Brown,whom I found on the Net,is a grumpy old tart but prominent motorcycle buff. He replaced two of the four spark plugs and I was set to go.

Gene Brown was an avid motorcycle rider professionally racing up until his 40s.

Portland is celebrating its Oregon Brewery Festival and the local micro-breweries (more than 80) are offering their unique craft beers.


Just about to taste a raspberry beer. 

The Beer Fest also features live music, here are the Crow Quill Night Owls one superb Jug Band

Jug bands played mainly 20's jazz employing home-made instruments like washtub bass, washboards and spoons...

Video footage from the concert...

With Kit "Stymee" Stovepipe from Crow Quill Night Owls.

Portland Japanese garden in the west hills of Portland.

Japanese gardens have an ancient history influenced by Shinto,Buddhist and Taoist philosophies.

The Sand and Stone Garden, styled in Zen monasteries fashion.

5-tiered stone pagoda lantern.

Japanese gardens are built to inspire a sense of peace harmony and tranquility.

The three primary elements used in Japanese garden design are:
Stone "the bones" of the landscape, Water the life giving force and Plants the tapestry of four seasons.

Japanese stone shrine.

Mount Hood's view from the Japanese Garden.

International Rose Test Garden.   

Portland is called The City of Roses.

Fremont Bridge over Willamette River.

Union Train Station.

Old District in Portland.

Voodoo Donuts is the new fad in town with long long queues lining up to buy donuts with bacon or vegetables....!

Cellar Bar.

Elliott Smith spent a large part of his short life in Portland this is a painting from Cellar bar.

Crystal Ballroom the main concert venue in town.

Portlandia is a sculpture based on the design of the city seal.It is the second-largest copper statue in the United States, after the Statue of Liberty.

Hawthorn Neighborhood primarily and proudly inhabited by the following social groups: Generation X, hippies and hipsters.

Bagdad Cinema-Pub-Restaurant is Hawthorn's landmark hang out place.

Music Milenniun record shop.

Kebmo plays a live matinee in Music Milennium to promote his new album.

The Iron Bridge over Willamette river.

Powell's Books claims to be the word's largest used and new bookstore. That is a 68000 square feet bookstore.

The Decemberists are also hailing from Portland...

Soundtrack: The Decemberists, O Valencia