Head In The Clouds


My mountainbike and I climbed the Verdugos again today. Third straight weekend I’ve paid a visit to Tongva Peak. Guess I’m making up for lost time seeing as three years had gone by since I’d last cranked up them.

Crank indeed. My math is shaky but with a 1,400-foot elevation gain over the 2.8 miles between the Beaudry trailhead and Tongva, that seems to roughly translate into a 9% grade. Given the stormy conditions, I had the trail mostly to myself and it didn’t take me long until I was granny-gearing through the clouds.

It was nice up there at Tongva. I’d expected visibility to be nil, but the storm was beginning to break up and one could see all the way to the coastline and the sunlit waters of the bay beyond it. Beautiful.

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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 laonstage.com, 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."