Anatomy Of A Ride

I finally set out mid-afternoon on the bike ride I’d promised myself, and it began rather inauspiciously with a jerkwad behind the wheel of a Chevy Suburban honking at me as I was crossing the intersection of Sunset and Benton because I was keeping him from making his left turn.

So I locked eyes with him and spit in the specific direction of his planet killing SUV. And his jaw dropped in what I can only guess was shock that some sub-human cyclist would dare impune his superior righteousness.


Fortunately that must’ve been my quota for encounters with center-of-their-universe types because I rolled the remaining distance without incident — but some mighty headwinds coming back down the L.A. River bikeway alongside Griffith Park.

For the record and/or posterity my route mimicked most of the Midnight Ridazz path from a couple Fridays ago:

Sunset to Park to Glendale through the Second Street tunnel to Little Tokyo up to Temple over to Main to Sunset and up Broadway into Chinatown over the river to a left on Pasadena Avenue and a left on Avenue 19 loop around near the Home Depot and go up over the River again to Riverside Drive all the way to Fletcher. Right on Fletcher to the first light and then left up to the bikeway entrance all the way up around the horn and over to Victory to Zoo Drive back up over the Golden State Freeway to the bikeway again and now south back to Fletcher and up across Riverside and south on Glendale to a right on Silver Lake Boulevard along the east bank of the Reservoir down to Parkman up to Sunset. Left on Sunset, right on Occidental and home. All that equals 21 miles.

Certainly worked off that McGriddle sandwich I had for breakfast — and then some.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."