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Looks like the train and bus station are close so it might work if there are no hiccups. If not, I spend the night in Portland, which is a great option, take the train to Hillsboro the next day and ride from there. Thanks again.
Do you know anything about the bike rack on the bus? I have a front fender and an OMM front Sherpa rack. Most of the bus racks that I see clamp to the front tire where the fender is so would require me to remove my fender and rack which means I would have to bring an extra front skewer since the OMM skewer is longer and doesn't work without the rack.
I am now considering the Wilson River route instead of the Nestucca River route to the coast mostly because the three capes area sounds pretty nice. Would you say it's worth it?
Are you saying it takes an hour on light rail to Hillsboro?
How easy is it to put a loaded touring bike on the train?
Thanks for the info and the links. I saw the same route to the coast but thinking of taking this one http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/301633 from Hillsboro to Beaver. I could be talked into heading to Astoria but again I would like to go as far south as I can in the limited time that I have...No idea what Hillsboro is like and hoping there are reasonable motels or B and Bs in the area.
Now just need to find an interesting way to get to the coast from Portland.
The web site says you can make reservations. Maybe call Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777, at least for the fee question.
If you want to opt for a few less miles or feel the logistics work better for Florence it is an OK place to start, but I am baffled that anyone would find the start in Astoria awful. I thought that part of the coast was very pleasant.