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August 08, 2007

Slow Pokes DO Have All the Fun 2007: An Intro

08_06_18 On Sunday I put Pedal to Pavement, and went Hog Wild with the camera, while visiting the area surrounding a legendary Cyclist Hangout in the Santa Monica Mountain Range above Malibu, CA.

As you can see my stylish ride ( On the end of the row, on the right. ) fit in quite nicely with all the great looking cycles around me. ;-D

No, I didn't leave it there during my short visit. ;-D

Anyway this series of posts is a long overdue step to begin enhancing old ride posts with pictures, now that I have a digital camera to play with.

I originally took the ride in the Spring of 2002 when I joined a group of cyclists from the famous Los Angeles Wheelmen Club.

I naively thought I'd be able to keep up, but... well, read the original story:

Slow Pokes DO Have All the Fun! ( Posted on January 6th, 2003 as the 3rd entry written for this Blog. )

It is my hope that this update serves as a complimentary piece, one a bit more serious, to the one of naivete, and exuberant sense of accomplishment, that was the original. ;-D

My approach, this year, was not to ride the whole ride, but skip the northbound PCH portion, and take the MTA 534, from Temescal Canyon Rd. to Pepperdine University, because I wanted to include pics for the more dangerous, in many respects, southbound PCH side of the stretch from Pepperdine to Topanga Canyon Rd. ( Which is actulally a bit further north of Temescal. )

Another reason was that I had 10 books in my panier, 7 of which I was going to Release "Into the Wild" as a member of BookCrossing.

Each book is placed in a plastic bag, with a yellow book with arms, and legs, the words "Free Book!", and a brief explanation of BookCrossing. ( If you decide to join me as what I call a Bicycling Bookworm of BookCrossing, use Sneakeasy as your Referrer! )

Up in the mountains, except for some more housing, little has changed.

The route is just as challenging

Since that ride I moved to Orange County, and so how I got to the start was a little different.

Anyone living in the OC, and does not have a car, can connect the westbound OCTA 60, on 17th St./Westminster Blvd., on its way to downtown Long Beach. ( Get a $3 day pass on the 1st bus you take. )

Once there you can take the Metro Blue Line Train ( Get a $5 day pass from a machine before getting on the train. ) downtown to 7th and Grand, and catch the MTA 20 West on Wilshire, at Flower, and get off at Wilshire and Bonsall ( The 1st stop west of Sepulveda. ), then head South on Sepulveda to the park.

People in LA County can use Foothill Transit, Culver City Transit, Torrance Transit, and Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, to connect with the MTA 20, or even the Rapid 720, along Wilshire. ( Links to all agencies mentioned are here. ) 

Mali_ri1 Cycling is NOT just about speed and exercise, but about taking the time to stop and see the deer, if you are lucky! ) and Harleyholics ( There are plenty of those on the weekends! )......

Westwood Park has 2 sections, and this was the smaller side, and after leaving my 1st book behind, and taking a picture of it, I set out at 7am. ;-D

West on Ohio.

Right on Barrington.

Left on San Vicente.

Right on 7th and along Entrada, and the West Channel Rd. to PCH I went.

Along the way I left a book outside a Whole Foods Market. ;-D

Mali_ri2 The good thing about riding in the bike lane along San Vicente is that no cars can park on your right for most of the day.

A few blocks beyond this spot 2 cyclists came up un-announced, from behind me, one on each side, and sped past me, with out a word.

As I approach my turn at 7th i found that I'd caught them at a light.

Me: Hey, aren't you the 2 that sandwiched me, without warning, a couple of miles back? Don't you know it's common courtesy to announce yourself when passing someone?

1 piece of spandexed "White" bread on wheels: Sorry! ( Sounding very annoyed that I should have the nerve to complain. )

Me: Just remember the next time you pull a stunt like that.

They were not the 1st to pass me unnounced that day, and far from the last, even on PCH.

Mali_ri3 I finally reached Pacific Coast Highway, at West Channel Rd., and headed north.

Notice the lack of room on the right?

You have many opportunities to hug that white line all the way to the turn off to Pepperdine, though there are some places where the space between the line, and the curb, is wider, and there are places where cars are parked on the side of the road.

If you know how to handle your gears, keep your eyes on traffic around you, and try not to treat PCH as a straight-waway on the Tour de France, the ride along here is a breeze.

Along the way you will see several yellow warning signs along the side of the road warning motorists about the presence of cyclists, and to "Share the Road'.

Over the last few years there have been cyclists killed, and injured, all up and down PCH, from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara, and "Careful" is truly the all important watchword for everyone who uses this famous highway.

Mali_ri4

At PCH, and Temescal Canyon, I caught the MTA 534 ( You can take this bus past Kanan Dume into north Malibu. ).

For the cyclist who continues on up PCH the next change in route comes with a Right on Webb Way, and a Left on Civic Center, and up a hill toward Pepperdine University.

Now, if you need to go potty, you can do so at some place off PCH near Webb, or climb a couple of more short hills onto the Pepperdine Campus to find a restroom because the next potty is at that place in my 1st picture, or another, less crowded, store/restuarant a couple of miles away. ;-D

I got off the bus at Malibu Canyon Rd, and Civic Center, rode up into Pepperdine, to a church, and left another book. ;-D

I returned to where I got off the bus, and prepared to head up into the mountains.

It was 830am. ;-D

Proceed to Part 2....

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