Were riding through Portland’s playground the “King of Roads”.
The 75 mile stretch of highway followed the most treacherous path of the Oregon Trail and was the first planned scenic roadway in the country. Engineers chose the route to reach interesting points or scenic vistas while ignoring grades, curvature, distance and even expense. It was built for the then-popular model T, between 1913-1922. With the advent of faster cars I84 cut through this area and what is now known as Historic Route 30 went into disrepair. The 20+ mile stretch we rode today had most of the original road features and masonry work. It made for a beautiful ride. The end of the route is the Vista House was the finishing achievement for the highway, a rest stop at Crown Point that was 693′ above the Columbia River. The rest of the day was downhill into Portland.