Birthday Ride

It’s coming up on two years since our passion for bicycling brought us to meet at the Echo Park Christmas Parade where a contingent of Bike Kitchen devotees were invited to lead the event. Since then Stephen Roullier and I have logged a lot of miles together, but few more awesome than last night when to celebrate his birthday we gathered at Scoops for ice cream before a baker’s dozen or so bikers set out on a 15-mile cruise from East Hollywood into downtown and then up to the top of Elysian Park where the night was a beautiful and the views spectacular, like this one (click to quadruplicate):


We had to deal with some failing innertubes along the way, but all worked out and after making our way through the dark park (and across a location shoot for the series “Bones”) we ended up at the Gold Room on Sunset where the good folks there were giving away carne asada tacos and the occasional tequila shot. One of those, three Pabst’s and a chorus of “Happy Birthday To You” later the party broke and I was rolling home at 1 a.m. from the most perfect birthday celebration ever.

Flickr photoset here.

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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."