CicLAvia Interrupted

This incomplete video tells the story of my incomplete plan to ride the full CicLAvia route from downtown to the sea and still have plenty of time to get to a volunteer appointment at spcaLA’s adoption facility in Hawthorne at 1PM.

I didn’t get on the route until 10:45AM, and basically had to bail an hour later when epic bicycular gridlock left me only able to traverse about a third of the 15-mile course. With my appointment looming I headed south from Venice Boulevard at Arlington in the Mid-City District through West Adams, Jefferson Park and Leimert Park, getting on Crenshaw Boulevard for the rest of the journey up over the heights of Morningside Park and down past the 105 Freeway to El Segundo Boulevard.

On the way back I biked only to the 105 Freeway and boarded the Green Line to the Willowbrook Station where I boarded the Blue Line back to downtown. Detouring over to the Bicycle Bread Company, afterward the uncharacteristically balky camera only records a brief stretch up Union to 7th Street before powering down.

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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."