And having only been to Portland most recently for a busy day back in '06, I still know juuuuuust enough about the transpo there to be dangerous. Or dumb. Or both.
So here's (the setup to) my question, in longer form than you wanted it:
I'm possibly staying at the Jupiter Hotel (special event rates! Weeeee!) and travelling some 6 or 7 miles south to the Oaks Park amusement center where the Rose City Rollergirls do that thang they do sometimes.
Now, I realize for 6 miles a taxi might be smart - but expensive, for 6 times over 3 days (2.50 drop fee, 2.50 per mile? That's about 17 bucks one way for a nice/smart driver in good traffic!)
So that's just short of about 60 bucks for transpo.
So I figured ah, what the heck, let's go see what TriMet has! Because even though the hangar looks like public transit may not get near it, if it gets me most of the way, I can throw a cabbie a five or 10 spot to get me the rest of the way, right? Sure.
And up here in Seattle (I know, boo/hiss/snark) we have a trip planner on Metro Transit's website much like TriMet offers. And when Metro clowns me on a route that's 3 miles down the road but it says it should take 8 hours over 5 buses and a round trip to Switzerland, I laugh and know which ones to really take.
But Portland? I don't know your bus system hardly at all. So when the TriMet trip planner clowns me, I'm defenseless. I just went there. It mocked and taunted me.
SO... after all of that set up banter, here's really what I'm getting at:
Smartest/cheapest way to get from Jupiter to Oaks Park round trip? Does the transit system really have a bus near both locations that doesn't take 2 hours? Or should I just bring a few 20 dollar bills for the trip each way and suck it up?
Your advice is greatly appreciated, especially because last time I was there, I rode your transit like a damn tourist, up to Powell's from the Burnside bridge & shit.