We loaded fertilizer in Saint Helens, OR yesterday around noon, and then after grabbing a quick snack (and getting me out of Portland), Malcolm went to bed and turned me loose to enjoy the views as I drove.
I requested that he drive me out of Portland for several reasons.
Reason #1: Seems like there is always heavy traffic in the Portland area, no matter what time of day you pass through. I don't like traffic and Malcolm is so much better at it. So it just makes sense that he drive that part.
Mount Hood is up there somewhere too, but the cloud cover was so heavy it was completely hidden from view.
Eventually, after about a hundred miles or so, you come out of the gorge and move across a rolling plain of farmland. Its open and sparsely populated. Right up my alley!