We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your bike across America adventure, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.
We recommend that you fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), which is approximately 12 miles from downtown Portland. All major airlines serve this airport and there are numerous options for getting downtown. The least expensive option is the MAX Light Rail Service. The Red Line picks passengers up in the baggage claim area and costs about $2.50 per person for a ride downtown, which takes about 40 minutes. If you are staying at the pickup hotel, Hotel Lucia, get off at the Pioneer Courthouse Square stop and the hotel is a three block walk up Broadway. Alternatively, contact Blue Star Transportation (www.bluestarbus.com, 503 249 1837) to book a seat on a regularly scheduled shuttle from PDX to downtown for $14 per person. This will take between 40 minutes to an hour, depending upon traffic. Or, you can simply hail a taxi outside baggage claim, which will cost approximately $35 plus gratuity and should take about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You will then shuttle approximately two hours to the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon. If you prefer to drive to the first hotel to meet the group, you may use Enterprise to rent a car at PDX and drop it off at the Enterprise office just across the street from the Cannery Pier. Please let your Trek Travel Trip Consultant know if you will be meeting the group here instead of the Marriott. After a welcome lunch at the hotel, your guides will do a thorough bike fit to ensure your comfort and answer any questions you have about your trip. Please come prepared with pedals, shoes, saddle, bike fit measurements, and anything else you would like affixed to your bike. Have these items and your riding clothes packed in a small, easily accessible bag. The hotel can store your larger pieces of luggage until check-in time.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Cannery Pier Hotel (503-325-4996), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Your guides will be aware that you are late and will be in contact with the hotel. If you need to book transportation on your own from downtown Portland to Astoria, we suggest contacting Northern Lights Towncar (www.northernlightstowncar.com, 503-760-2478). You can arrange a private shuttle for up to three people for around $210.
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