Watts Up!

The next in my May series of Saturday rides is upon us, and will convene in a couple hours for a 10 a.m. departure from the SilverSun strip mall at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Parkman Avenue.

Suffice it to say that by the time the entire epic 32-plus mile ride is completed, those who do the entire route with me will be sick of my voice from the ridiculous amount of notes I have compiled and will recite at the following stops:

  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ralph Bunche’s childhood home
  • The location of the 1969 Shootout between LAPD and Black Panthers at Black Panther Part headquarters
  • The Dunbar Hotel and the Central Avenue Jazz Corridor
  • The site of the 1974 shootout between SLA members and the LAPD
  • The site of the arrest that set off the 1965 Watts Riots
  • The home of Eula Love
  • Flashpoint of the 1992 LA Riots
  • Site of Wrigley Field

If you might be  wondering why the Watts Towers isn’t on that list it’s because tours and info are available there for anyone interested and thus I don’t have to utter a single dang word about the inspiring landmark that to me signifies the true heart of Los Angeles. I will blessedly also have nothing to say about our last stop for food at King Taco on Washington Boulevard, other than “Two carne asada tacos and a large horchata please!”

Spokecards are ready. Now I’m off to prep my bike and pack. Hope to see some of you later!

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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."