So I ended up skipping Portland. The weather was bad, I didn't know anyone there and it was significantly out of the way. Instead I stuck to the coast going up the 101. Despite the bad weather I still really enjoyed today's drive. I'm loving the Pacific Coast of northern California and Oregon. Also Oregon marks the first new state I'm crossing off my list. In addition today I learned Oregon only has full service gas stations like New Jersey, I always find this very awkward, I think I would rather pump my own gas.

Tomorrow I head to Seattle, I plan to continue on the 101 and do the loop around Olympic National Park before heading into the city.