Monday, July 29, 2013

Waiting at PDX

I'm sitting in the Portland International Airport waiting for my flight back home. Being able to attend both the family reunion and the MOA rally in a single trip was a real treat. This was the third MOA rally that I've attended and this was by far the most enjoyable. It could've been the weather or the location but I think that it was getting to meet some of the other attendees including folks from Alaska.

The weather also had something to do with my enjoyment of the family reunion. In the past it was so hot that it was difficult to do anything even sleep. This time, the temperatures were in the seventies with a gentle breeze in the afternoons. There was a ton of traffic as I approached Portland and I had decided to blindly follow the GPS app on my phone. It successfully routed me around several traffic slowdowns. The car rental office that I used was in Clackamas not at the airport. It was about ¼ mile walk to the train station and two trains to the airport. While on the train, we passed miles of stalled traffic on I205.

Looking forward to the sidecar tomorrow. It seems like its been a while.


Trobairitz said...

Hey I know that Starbucks. A must have when waiting at PDX.

I-205 can be a real pain in the butt. So many people take it to go to the airport, IKEA, shopping at Clackamas Town Center Mall and to go to Washington when they want to a void I-5.

Smart thinking with the train.

RichardM said...

The original reason for the Clackamas rental was price ($200 cheaper than the airport!) but being able to bypass all of that traffic was a nice addition. I guess it really depends on the time of day. On Wednesday afternoon, the gps app routed me through downtown Portland due to congestion on 205.

VStar Lady said...

Sounds like a great app Richard. I would be great to be re-routed around traffic and construction.

RichardM said...

I'm not sure where their traffic data comes from but it seems to be pretty accurate. The app is GPS Drive by MotionX.