Fourth Time’s The Charm

Wasn’t as motivated this morn as I have been when getting up at 5 a.m. to go meet my fellow IAAL•MAF‘ers for our regular Tuesday post-dawn tour around the Silver Lake Reservoir, but as one of the more important items on my pre-trip To Do List is to top 700 miles on The Phoenix’s odometer (which stood at 675.7 after yesterday’s rounds), I managed to drag myself out of bed and get a move on at 6 a.m. for some solo spinning chaperoned by a gorgeous sunrise over the glassy smoooth still waters of the man-made lake.

Four vigorous nonstop times around later and back home the odie showed 687.3 and if I manage to take care of the bulk of my remaining pre-trip business today (which must now include having to haul my Mac’s suddenly W-less and 2-less keyboard to the nearest Apple Store; I’m using my old eMac’s) I’ll be able to join the gang for what’s become our weekly evening river ride, which will definitely put me very near or over the 700-mile year-to-date mark.

Before my beloved The Phoenix had come along, if anyone had told me I’d ride 70 percent of a thousand recreational and commuting miles in six months on a 53/17* single-gear cycle I’d’ve laughed. Loud.

* 53/17 represents the number of teeth on the front chain ring
and the rear gear, respectively, which from what I understand
is relatively badass.

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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."