Don Spencer and I came up with the idea of having a final tour of the year in mid-September. The route we envisioned started in Hillsboro and made its way to the coast via the Banks Vernonia trail and then highways 47 and 202 to Astoria and Ft. Stevens. The return was to be across the Megler bridge to Ilwaco and then Cathlamet via highways 401 and 4 with a ferry crossing to Oregon from the Puget Islands to Westport. Oregon weather is usually unpredictable and this year was no exception. Anticipating a balmy September turned out to be premature, with all the forecasts pointing to a wet last half of the trip. Don and I received no response from anyone about joining us and rather than bail out entirely we decided to make a trip to Silver Falls State Park and use the new MAX Orange Line on its official first day of operation as a launching point. We started at PSU and found the service quite good, riding out to the end of the line at Milwaukie where the trolley trail begins. We decided to make the route more interesting by riding to Oregon City and then on to Canby via West Linn, Pete's Mountain the the Canby Ferry. From there we took all back roads to Silverton. The local vistor's center told us of a nice way to get to Silver Falls from the South avoiding the normal Northern 2 lane crowded route that most park visitors use. The weather was dry for the most part and got better as the day progressed making for a very enjoyable tour. I had never stayed in the campground and found it to be like most Oregon State parks, very well laid out and maintained. I had a great long sleep after a 65 mile day and woke up to sunshine and more adventure the next morning. After a lazy first breakfast Don and I rode into Silverton via the Northern route we avoided the previous day. We asked a Silverton local to recommend the best breakfast in town, and she told us "O'Brien's". Although O'Brien's didn't have buckwheat pancakes, (my fave) they did have a full plate size blueberry buttermilk pancake which was more than enough, and with a fresh blast of caffiene I was ready to move on. Don and I retraced our steps back with a stop at a Century Hop farm to watch the harvest in action. We discovered why some of the local beer brewers are using fresh hops: the aroma and pungency are intense and unique. We arrived in Milwaukie after a pleasant day of riding and sightseeing during which Don came up with the idea of riding the Orange Line back to the Tillikum Crossing, where we crossed on our touring bikes and celebrated the end of the trip with treats at Elephants Deli.