Timelapse: Such A Winter’s Day

For me, in order to get it into more heads that a bike can be a practical inter-urban alternative, the rides that need to be recognized aren’t the epic ones so much as the trivial ones — and this is certainly a trivial one: 8.5 miles to Hollywood and back with stops at Amoeba Records, Home Depot, and several places along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. The key is it was done far more enjoyably and calmly than if I’d done like most angelenos and used my truck by default. Doing so would have then wasted time, gas, money and my sanity looking/fighting for parking on the urban madness that is the day before the day before Christmas. Instead I was able to relax, get some activity in and enjoy a spectacular Southern California day in late December.

PS. This is also my first time on El Naranja in the two weeks that have passed since I was so heinously ticketed during the All-City Toy Ride, and it proved to be a much-needed reminder of oh what fun it is to ride in my urban version of a one-horse open sleigh.

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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."