Cycle Portland, Kids Friendly & Road Ride, Knead the Dough
Bob’s Red Mill and Dave’s Killer Bread, two iconic food manufacturers in Oregon, are located in Milwaukie. Beginning along the Willamette River, bike ride along the floating bridge of the East Esplanade, then access the everpopular Springwater Corridor before traveling along suburban roadways to Bob’s Red Mill. Dave’s Killer Bread, located across the street, offers tasty samples of their robust breads.
Smooth, well-maintained streets with wide bike lanes in many locations.
Urban and suburban, low to moderate traffic; low traffic industrial park; bike and pedestrian path.
By car, take the Steel Bridge east to NE Oregon Street; left onto NE First Avenue, left onto Multnomah Street, left into NE Wheeler Avenue. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Red, Blue or Green line train to the Rose Quarter.
Food and Drink
Coffee shop at the corner of the Rose Quarter MAX station and numerous opportunities for refueling along the route. Be sure to save room for the goodies that await you at Bob’s Red Mill and Dave’s Killer Bread, the two major destinations of this ride.
Oaks Amusement Park, Oaks Bottom trail, downtown Sellwood for antiques shopping.
The transitions between the floating section of the East Esplanade are a bit rough and very loud when you cross them. Don’t be startled by the noise. The transitions are safe when you take them slowly. The path divides into two sections after you leave the floating section. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists who may be coming off the steel grid section as it rejoins the path. The East Esplanade is the best way to get to the Springwater Corridor Trail, which is very popular with all forms of non-motorized transportation including runners, cyclists, walkers, roller-bladers, and skateboarders.
Bob’s Red Mill products can be found in grocery and specialty stores around Oregon and beyond. A visit to the flagship store is a wonderful treat, however, as you can wander among the amazing variety of products lining the shelves. Constructed to resemble a mill, you’ll find a terrific selection of grains, legumes, and mixes. Need gluten-free products? You’ll find them in bulk at the store.
Along with the wonderful selection of products you can purchase, is a cafeteria-style restaurant where they prepare food featuring Bob’s Red Mill products. Select a seat inside on inclement days or outside on the patio when the weather is sunny. A pictorial history of the company is displayed on the walls. Surrounding the building is a manicured park where visitors can wander once they have had their fill of lunch and/or snacks. Cross the street and visit Dave’s Killer Bread, another Portland favorite.
Here you’ll find wonderful breads full of grains and seeds. My favorite part of visiting Dave’s is being able to purchase items in bulk at a discount. Bring along panniers or a trailer to cart home lots of goodies. The return ride will bring you through downtown Milwaukie along urban streets with wide bike lanes before accessing the Springwater Corridor where you’ll leave motor traffic behind.
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