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May 15th, 2006 – by: mahoney
I took a taxi to the train station, checked in my luggage and did a walking tour of the downtown area along the river. I had lunch at a British Pub called the Thirsty Lion. It had recently opened, less than a week, and the staff was very nice and gave me some areas of interest to visit. Food was great too!
Why is it every town has an historic area, but yet nobody can tell you why it is historic? Just because there are old buildings or fountains doesn't make it historic.
Unfortunately, I was in Portland during a record breaking heat wave. And I wasn't alone. It seems every homeless person in the city decided to be where I wanted to go. The biggest concentration of them was along the waterfront area. It gets old very quickly to be constantly asked for "spare change".
After my walking tour, I went back to the train station and waited for the Empire Builder to depart. I attempted to get a sleeping room while at the station, but the price they were quoting me was too high. I will wait until I am onboard the train and ask the conductor if any are available. 48 hours on a train, yes I need a sleeper car!
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