Sweet Times in Portland
Last week, my good friend Alli and I went to Downtown Portland. I always have such a good time when I go downtown because it seems like I always find something new - whether that be a new place to hang out, a new restaurant or a mural I've never seen before. Before we met downtown, we had a plan of what we wanted to do once we got downtown.
First stop: Blue Star Donuts. If you ever have the chance to go to Blue Star, do it! I actually prefer Blue Star over Voodoo Donuts because I like the more unique flavors without all the extra added candies and treats on top. I also think they have a more fresh, less stale taste than Voodoo.
I opted for my favorite: the raspberry rosemary buttermilk. Yum!
After eating and shopping around downtown, Alli and I wanted to rent a couple bikes from Nike's Biketown and ride along the waterfront. What sounds better than a bike ride on a hot day?
Nike's Biketown is basically a daily bike rental program in Portland. In select perimeters of the city, you can find random hubs of bikes to check out and then check in wherever there is a hub. It's actually pretty cheap too - $2.50 per half hour or $12 for 24 hours. There is a small electronic station to enter your info, pay and you're all set - quick and easy.
Alli and I found a station and were all set to rent, although the machine had different intentions. I had successfully created an account and checked out my bike. While I was ready to go, Alli had informed me that the kiosk had "ate her card." She put her card in the machine to pay and it never came back out; nor was she able to unlock a bike.
After calling the customer service number for Biketown, we were told it would only be a 15 minute wait for a technician to come get her card out.
We waited and waited way past 15 minutes; mind you I still had my bike checked out and paid for. I had to call Biketown customer service a couple more times until they said someone was on their way.
Shortly after the third call, someone came, quickly opened the machine and out came Alli's card, which ended our hour of sitting on the sidewalk.
While it was irritating to wait for so long to get Alli's card back and we were on a time limit so we were actually unable to ride that day, Biketown's customer service ended up doing a good job in the end. We both received two free single-ride tickets and I got my rental fee reimbursed, in addition to a $5 credit on my account. So let's just say we are both happy to go back downtown a ride for free a couple times.
While at the end of the day our plans went a little of course, it was still a fun day and I look forward to the next time I go downtown.
Any suggestions as to what I should do next time I am in the Downtown Portland-area?