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  • The Hawthorne Bridge


    The People’s Bridge, the one that takes you to the main restaurant/shop/goofing around strip of South East Portland. I like the Hawthorne Bridge loads, but it’s an artery for cyclists, runners and walkers, and is always a bit busier than I like. I like to lollygag and look around when crossing the river, and this is more a hurry up and go bridge. Also something I’ve never liked- you’ll notice there’s nothing between the raised metal path you’re on and the road the cars are on. Which to me makes it worse than if you were just on the same surface as the cars, because if someone bumped into you you and the bike would go into the road trapped like a bowling lane with the gutter guards up. At some point I’ll probably rent that movie The Hunted just to see what they shot here and in other parts of town. I’ve never heard anything good about the movie, but it would be fun to see places they filmed out of context. For tying up the bridge with their shoot, the filmmakers paid back the city with the promise of some bike-parking stations with rain shelters and tools. There’s one near me in the Hollywood area that may be the result of that deal, but for all I know we never got them.


    You can almost always see a team of scullers down around this point, near OMSI the science museum. Rowing is big on this end of the river. That wraps up the electrifying bridge tour for me, because the only other one to ride on is the Sellwood Bridge. I don’t have a reason to go down that far right now, and I’ve crossed it before, it’s terrifying. You have a very narrow sidewalk to ride on (unless you have a very fast touring bike and can be with the cars without slowing them down, which I don’t) and if someone is walking or biking across from the other direction, one of you will have to stop and hold onto the side so both can pass.

    There are also terrific bike paths all around the city, maybe one day I’ll start logging those here. As I said years ago, this blog is really for me to review years from now and serve as a substitute for my memory. So, despite that jerkoff Congressman from my homestate who thinks the idea of conserving fuel by riding bikes is so effing hi-larious, I urge you to cycle somewhere you need to go, and enjoy the trip more. And if you can only drive where you go, please don’t blow the horn at people on bikes, even if you just mean to alert them to your presence. It’s scary enough to interact with cars, especially suvs with drivers on cellphones (who in particular try to mow me down), but being blared at with the car horn can easily cause a crash. What I really love is people who honk or shout out the window while passing just to scare the cyclist- HAW! Oh, if only I could find a convenient rock in those cases.


    Comment from Greg Burgas
    Time: September 21, 2007, 1:01 pm

    The Hunted isn’t the worst movie you can watch, and the scenes in Portland are fun. It’s too long to get into the way the filmmakers screwed with geography, but I will say that Tommy Lee Jones can see the waterfalls at Oregon City while he’s standing on the shores of Ross Island, and that’s pretty darned impressive.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 21, 2007, 1:25 pm

    Wow, I wish I had Tommy Lee Jones-vision!

    Comment from Eric
    Time: September 21, 2007, 2:09 pm

    I got confused and thought Patrick McFatBitch was suddenly in Oregon!

    At least he’s only from your homeSTATE. He’s from my homeTOWN. Went to my stinking high school! And I almost just posted something scandalizing, but then I remembered that I hate being sued for slander!

    Re: Tommy Lee…I had a fellow TA in grad school whose childhood home was being rented by a film crew for a movie, and Jones was staying at her house. She had fears that he was secretly reading her diary.

    Comment from odessa steps magazine
    Time: September 21, 2007, 4:00 pm

    Seeing a movie that has been filmed in your town can lead to all sorts of (pardon the term) continuity issues.

    I was told, when I got to IU, not to see Breaking Away, as the way they filmed, it showed streets all jumbled up and contradictory to the way they really run.