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BikingBrian:
I am flying to Portland, and I have a reservation for me and the bicycle on the bus from the Portland Amtrak station to Astoria. (Handy tip: to find on Amtrak, look for station codes PDX and ART.)

So has anyone used this bus before, and how did the logistics work out? I saw the FAQ at the link below but have a couple of questions. Do you actually have to arrive early enough to "check" your luggage, or just hand it to the bus driver before boarding. Does the bike need to be boxed, or is unboxed OK?

http://www.northwest-point.com/schedule.aspx

aggie:
They use the "big" buses and bikes are stored in the regular luggage compartment.  It may be best to leave it boxed although they say you can have them unboxed although transporting a boxed bike might be a bit of a hassle from the airport.  As I recall Portland has a light rail line that runs from the airport.  Not sure if you have to make a connection to get to downtown but you can check their website.  Portland has an extensive bike trail/lane system and if you have time you may be able to ride from the airport to the Amtrak Terminal.  I haven't taken that bus but it looks like a comfortable ride.  The bus stop is on the side of the terminal outside the Amtrak luggage area.  You will see a number of different bus lines that go to different cities. 

BikingBrian:
I'm flying to PDX, but I'm shipping my bike to Union Station via Amtrak Express, and most of my gear is in a box waiting for me at a FedEx downtown. So red and yellow light rail will be able to get me between all those locations. The bike is in one of those big Amtrak boxes where you remove the pedals and handlebars and roll it in the box. I'll have about half a day before catching the bus, so I'll have to think about whether to leave everything packed in their boxes, or unpack everything and explore around town.

indyfabz:
I was in Portland again last September for Cycle Oregon. It's a very short walk from the Red Line to the Amtrak station. (When you are in the arrival terminal facing the exits, walk to the right to find the Red Line.) IIIRC, you can see the tower of the station as you cross the river on the Red Line. Downtown Portland is pretty compact and easily walkable. If you need a good book for the tour, definitely stop at the giant, independent book store in town. Can't remember the name, but it's famous. You are probably better off leaving your bike and just walking around. If you need any last minute bike items, look up the Bike Gallery's downtown location. There is alo a big outdoor store in the downtown area. Can't remember the name of that, either, but if you search Google it will probably show up. If you want some interesting eats, there is a concentration of food trucks between SW Washington and SW Alder between 9th & 10th.

adventurepdx:

--- Quote from: indyfabz on June 28, 2013, 01:41:40 pm ---If you need a good book for the tour, definitely stop at the giant, independent book store in town. Can't remember the name, but it's famous.
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That would be Powells at W Burnside and NW 10th.


--- Quote from: indyfabz on June 28, 2013, 01:41:40 pm ---There is also a big outdoor store in the downtown area. Can't remember the name of that, either...
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Are you thinking of the REI at NW 14th and Johnson?

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