Summer In November

Today was just an absolutely spectacular day. Highs in the 80s, blazing bright sunlight, visibility that seemed to be broadcast in high-definition. So since there’s no better conditions in which to go rolling in the river than in the days immediately after it gets a good storm scrubbing, I got the hell out of the house with the mountain bike and did what’s become a typical river rat run from Fletcher Drive down to the 7th Street Bridge and back. Only this time when I arrived back at Fletcher, I kept going upstream along the Los Angeles River’s east bank and in the water to go under the Hyperion and Los Feliz Boulevard bridges — something I first and last did, oh… 21 years ago. Back then there were actual rusting hulks of derelict automobiles in the river. Now it’s a bit more welcoming, as seen in this timelapse of the last four miles up and back alongside Atwater Village (overall route: 17.27 miles):

At the other end of the ride, I stopped and mused about the future of the cherished 6th Street Bridge:

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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."