Weekend Rides A-Comin’!

So far my “Bike Every Day In May” campaign has been a success. But the weekends have been a bit lopsided.

The past three Saturdays have featured pretty good rides of 20 miles or more: May 2, “Around The Griffith Park Horn” ride; May 9, the “Not The L.A. Marathon Bike Tour” ride; and May 16, the “Ten Bridges” re-ride.

Sundays, not so much: May 3, The “Verdugo/Beaudry Loop” mountain bike ride; May 10, the “10K” ride; and May 17, the “10K” ride. All in the six-mile range and solo.

That changes this weekend with two unique rides:

May 23: Is a combo ride that will utilize the framework of one of the earliest public rides I helped organize: the Black Dahlia Ride. From Silver Lake we’ll venture to the Biltmore Hotel where Elizabeth Short was last seen alive and then traverse a course that will take us to the Leimert Park location where was made the gruesome discovery of her mutilated remains. Coming and going, we’re also going to mosey around the greater Historic West Adams District for look-sees at some of the significant architecture found there.

Starts/Ends: Silversun Plaza, Sunset Boulevard and Parkman, Silver Lake. Departs: 7:30 a.m. Distance is approximately 20 miles.

May 24: This “Memorial” ride’s route will carry us across town to the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood. If you’ve never been it’s a powerful place any day of the year, but on Memorial Day weekend, with each of the thousands of graves bearing a flag it is a particularly poignant place. Afterward paying our respects and reflecting on the sacrifices so many have made in the name of serving and protecting the United States of America if we’re up for it, we’ll ride up Sepulveda the couple miles it’ll take us to get to the Getty Center where we can chill taking in the vistas from up there before heading back east.

Starts/Ends: Silversun Plaza, Sunset Boulevard and Parkman, Silver Lake. Departs: 9 a.m. Distance is approximately 30 miles.

Hope your schedule permits joining me for one or both — and if so (even if not 100% certain), give me a heads up so I can have an idea who might be coming.

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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."