We’ve been having such an amazing time on tours — we haven’t had the space to write to you. We do on Instagram. Come along with us @cordillerantours!
I was super excited to launch Bicycle Airport Express (BAX), this first-of-its-kind service*, one in which we meet you at the airport with a cargo bike (one for you, one for our tour guide) and transport your luggage to the city center while we take you on one of the most beautiful rides we can devise. It’s a beautiful bike tour and a wonderful introduction to the city.
BUT we don’t have a permit to cross the street at the Portland International Airport. After multiple contacts and conversations with the Port of Portland in which it was established that no, my bicycles do not have individual vehicle insurance but yes, I do have all the liability insurance and permits required to operate in the city, except for the all-important non-existent bicycle airport tour permit, we are at a temporary impasse.
While we work out exactly what permit might be required and whether or not my insurance is appropriate and whether a whole new program should be established (after all we want this service to be replicated everywhere! it’s so cool) — I can’t officially launch a service going from the airport.
Here is the press release! We’ll see you [near] there.
*So I have to give credit to Tim Mongin, from Travel Portland, who gave me the gem of this idea in the first place. He hadn’t envisioned what to do with luggage but I knew Madi Carlson and I could haul it. This service is powered, inspired, and run by bike riding mamas.
Core-duh-LAIR-uhn. That’s how you say it. And this is why we use the name.
We are about active travel in and through our region: Portland Oregon, the Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, the Willamette Valley, the Oregon Coast, and farther afield too. “Active” can mean on bikes or hiking up steep trails; or it can mean simply engaging more deeply in the gardens, parks, pathways, coffee shops, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and all the other good things our region has to offer.
“Active” also means that we strive to provide the best options for individual car-free travel for visitors to our region; you shouldn’t have to rent a car to see almost anything here. With tours, hiking shuttles and our first-of-its-kind Bicycle Airport Express, we’re all about getting you from your arrival point in the city to all of the beautiful things this area has to offer without ever getting behind the wheel of a car.
Cordilleran Tours provides immersive, responsive, and instructive hiking, bicycling and vehicle tours meant to delight, educate and change its guests. Historical, sight-seeing, hiking, food, wine, spiritual, magical and sensual tours are meant to meet the needs of the visitors to Portland who have told our company founders, all experienced tour guides: “I want a tour like that!”; each designed as transformative experiences. Tours are designed to act like story plot, TED talk, and spiritual quest, connecting guests more deeply to the subject matter and the stories behind the usual stories of a place.
Cordilleran Tours delves more deeply — beyond the stories of the victors and despoilers — to find all the stories that make up a city, region, natural wonder or cultural feature, highlighting stories of the indigenous people and species, immigrants, laborers, makers, artists, dreamers and the land itself.
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