I began my 6,000th biking mile as I crossed the intersection of Venice and National boulevards at 7:08 p.m., but I stopped to commemorate the milestone with a more interesting background a block further on:

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The above image is slightly biggifiable, or you can watch the brief vid from which it was culled (video because it was easier to capture the awesome Helms neon sign at the height of its cycle). Bonus points if you can make out some things I learned: 1) I need to practice holding handmade signs better, and 2) I chew gum like a freakin’ cow. Seriously, you’d think I was mawing an entire pack of the stuff instead of one little piece. The shame of it all.