May 21st - Day 2
After staying at the Ramada Inn last night, we took the shuttle back to the airport. Stored our luggage at some shop for $5 and hopped on the train to downtown. Got to downtown Portland and hit up Vegetarian House for their lunch buffet. After gorging ourselves on chinese food, we wandered around downtown for awhile. Eventually hit up the Art and History Museums, but didn't want to pay for admission. Wandered around some more, saw lots of interesting people, then grabbed a donut from Voodoo Donuts before making our way back to the airport to grab our gear and catch the bus to Astoria.
Upon arrival at the airport, we gathered our things and started looking for the bus stop. After asking numerous airport information clerks and calling Amtrak, we discovered that we needed to be downtown at Union Station. Hopped on the train to downtown and found Union Station. After a short wait, we boarded our bus and had a nice ride to Astoria.
After being dropped off at a gas station in Astoria, we took it upon ourselves to locate a suitable camping spot. A gas station attendant quickly informed us that the only camping was on the other side of the bridge, three miles away. To make things more difficult, the bridge closed in fifteen minutes and we didn't have bikes yet. Luckily a kind-hearted gentleman by the name of Emmet offered us a ride across the bridge. After cramming five people and gear in to his small hatchback, we were off.
It was quickly determined that Emmet was an "interesting" character. He claimed to have quit doing drugs, but I think the damage was already done. Many tales of the local scene followed, including a detour through some small town to show us where he had lost his dogs. Eventually we ended up at a campground and signed up for a hiker-biker spot for the night.