Hello there! There seems to be a bit of interest by out-of-towners to attend the upcoming Saturday October 11th ride, which means lodging may be needed. Here are a list of a few area motels, all a mile or so from the start-point. Please note that I have no experience with these lodging facilities, so none of the listings are necessarily endorsements. And while there are quite a bit of lodging options in and around Kenton, none of them I would consider “luxurious”.
- Motel 6 Portland North 1125 N Schmeer Rd Portland OR 97217 (503) 247-3700 It’s a Motel 6, so you know what you’re going to get, a no-frills experience. 10% discount for Adventure Cycling Association members (alas, no discount for SoTS members…yet.) The closest lodging to the start.
- Viking Motel 6701 N Interstate Ave Portland, OR 97217 (503) 285-4896 It’s the closest motel on Interstate Ave. This street used to be US 99W, part of the main north-south West Coast highway before the Interstate era. (And it’s not named after the Interstate, either.) As such, there are quite a few classic mid-century motels further down the avenue, google for more options. Bonus points if you can tell me the bus number that used to run down Interstate.
- Union Avenue Motel 59 NE Gertz Rd Portland, OR 97211 (503) 285-3909 FYI: Union Avenue (the street) does not really exist anymore. I believe this is the motel in Drugstore Cowboy, the one where Heather Graham’s character dies of an OD.
- Econo Lodge Expo Center 405 NE Columbia Blvd Portland, OR 97211 (503) 285-7777 I got nothing to say about this one.
And while neither location is near the start point, you can also stay at one of the two excellent Hostelling International (AYH) hostels in town. Three speeding and hostels have a long tradition. And I definitely can recommend either location. But of course, I am highly biased.