The Hills Are Alive

Made good on my Bike Every Day promise to go out and get some dirt yesterday. Susan joined me in venturing out to the Beaudry North trailhead where civilization ends and the Verdugo Mountains begin, and we set out, she on foot and me on wheels to do some exploring. We stayed in contact viz our two-way radios that came in very handy for checking in.

Here’s a timelapse of the uphill portion of my ride, All in it’s about three miles with something like a 1,600-foot elevation gain:

Though it’s been somewhere between three and four years since I last put treads to these hills (I still can’t believe it’s been that long), nothing much has changed. I had dreams of powering up to the top, but I did end up granny-gearing it most of the way.

The view from Tongva Peak (El. 2656′) wasn’t crystal clear, but one could see all the way to the coastline. And the clouds were spectacular. The air was clean and the hillsides were green. It was a cool scene. If you know what I mean. Jellybean.

The Verdugos May not be the most scenic, the summits not the highest and the fireroads getting up and down would probably bore most mountainbikers, but for me their proximity and surprising abundance of wildlife make them the the perfect place to get above it all.

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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."