Is it impossible for you to leave Bend the day before? It's only 2 1/2 hours to Salem and an hour more from there to PDX on a flat freeway. Or drive north to Hood River and west on the highway to PDX. What time is your flight? Could you leave at dawn and make it?
I'm tempted to ask how you planned the trip to end this way, but what's done is done.
What do you mean early 11AM or 6AM? US 26 best way to airport. No worse than any other pass in middle of night. But I ask what poppa did can you spend night in portland.
I agree why not simply stay closer to Portland the night before?
We're attending a reunion & won't arrive in Bend until Thursday - so don't get to spend much time the way it is. Saturday night is the main event. The return flight is 6:00 am Sunday. The earliest we could leave the party without missing out (and w/o being rude) is probably 10:00 pm. There isn't much point to that - ending up in Portland at 2:00 am. That's why I'm checking into leaving around 12:00 am/1:00 am (FYI: we will have a designated driver.)
Thanks for responding. I just read my initial post and realize how sad it is that 12:00 am/1:00 am has become "the middle of the night" to me - sad, but true HA!Edited: 29 July 2011, 06:26
Early Sunday at PDX is surely less hectic than during the week, but you should remember that a big flurry of flights depart around 6-6:30 a.m. in order for people to get to the east coast by dinner time. If you have to also return your rental car, you have to add a half-hour or so to your travel time to the termina. A 6 a.m. flight starts boarding at 5:30. That means arriving at the terminal by 4:30-5 a.m. latest. Figure 3 hours from Bend to PDX. That means leaving by around 12:30-1 a.m., as you figured.
I just checked to see if you couldn't catch a flight from Bend/Redmond to PDX, but there's nothing that leaves late enough for you or arrives early enough. Have a safe, if exhausting, trip.
Highway 26 is definitely your best bet. As you start to get into Gresham you cut head north towards I-84 and avoid never ending stop and go. At that time of night with a bathroom stop at Government Pass it shouldn't take you any more than 3 and a half hours.
I would be sure you know how to get through Gresham to airport. To me it is not well marked and at night may be worse.
You are a real trooper to do that for a reunion. I would add a day, but I am no trooper
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