The overnight bus ride did my cold no good. But it got me to Portland, largest city in Oregon and my old hometown. I had sent a text to my friend Sharon who lived in Portland and generously allowed me to stay at her place whenever I pass through. She’d said to come on down whenever, she would be around. When I got on the bus heading out of Vancouver I sent her another text letting her know I was on my way and would be arriving early the next morning.