This Space for Rent

Interrupting a bike ride


The Portland Traction Trail, as befitting a rails-to-trails loop, goes alongside the rump Portland Traction line for a couple of miles at the west end of the trail. When I ride east on the trail, I end up missing most of the parallel railroad, but I don’t miss the industrial park that contains the south end of the remaining railway. This afternoon, after a delayed start (one of the tubes in my bicycle decided, two houses away from home, that containing air was too much trouble to think about. It only took me about 20 minutes to extract the offending tube and replace it with one that better personifies the balloon nature,) I reached the industrial park at the exact time the 1202 was switching the OLCC sidings, and so I had to detour off the trail for a few minutes to get a picture or two of the offending Eng!