AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe ride started at an elevation of about 1,700 feet above sea level and dropped steeply for several miles, prompting a bit of anxiety in the president. He is not accustomed to the sustained drops and climbs of California’s mountains, having ridden mostly in the Washington, D.C., area and on his ranch near Crawford, Texas. Riding Mountain Bike One – a blue and white Trek Fuel bicycle emblazoned with the presidential seal – he glided confidently over loose rocks and deep gullies carved by rain runoff. Bush recovered from a near spill on a fast downhill, but four riders behind him went down in a Tour de France-style pileup, leaving them caked with dirt. Bush settled into a steady rhythm on the way back up – an ascent he said pushed him to near his physical limits. When a fellow rider spoke up from behind him, Bush said between grunts, “Can’t you at least act like you’re breathing hard?” A long convoy of SUVs and off-road vehicles rumbled behind the group, carrying medics and security agents with machine guns. LAS POSADAS STATE FOREST – President George W. Bush marked Earth Day with a lung-busting mountain bike ride high above Napa County wine country, dodging ruts that sent several of his riding partners crashing into the mud. The president spent Saturday morning with a small pack of riders in a foggy redwood forest about 90 minutes north of San Francisco. He relished the swampy conditions on parts of the trail in this remote state-owned tract, leading his partners repeatedly through huge puddles and streams running high after weeks of heavy rain. “I still ride the mountain bike primarily to help settle the soul and to burn off the excess energy one gets when you’re living life to its fullest,” Bush told an Associated Press reporter who accompanied him on the ride. “We’re able to enjoy the beauty without really disrupting the pristine nature of the place,” the mud-splattered president said after the 65-minute ride. “It’s a classic way for mankind to enjoy God’s gift. Plus, we get some exercise.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Two bodies were found in area rivers about 9 miles apart Monday afternoon. The body of a man was seen floating in the middle of the Columbia River channel near Caterpillar Island and Sauvie Island’s Reeder Beach. While river patrol deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office were en route to the call, they spotted a second man’s body floating in the Willamette River Near the BNSF railroad bridge. A crew from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Portland station was the first to get to Reeder Beach and waited with the body until Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived and recovered it, according to Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama, spokesman for the Coast Guard. Both bodies were transported to the Willamette River Patrol offices in Portland and turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office.