November 10, 2007
Rolling, Rolling on the Rivers: San Gabriel River Bicycle Trail 3
Continuing my journey (Late comers can saddle up here!) along one of the three great rivers of Southern California I find myself now confronted with a scene of pure, un-bridled, joy, and I scramble for my camera in the hopes of catching it.
At the 18 mile mark I witness a horseback rider and a companion.
This brown beauty had been prancing about in, and lapping up, water a short distance south of this picture.
The horse was so deeply involved in its ecstatic play that the rider got a distance ahead, leading the horse to reluctantly move on (I could tell by the way the horse paused, looked toward the rider, then took one more, quick, playful romp before catching up, that it WAS reluctant.).
It is here that I enter, briefly, the trail system around Legg Lake, at Whittier Narrows, at the border with Pico Rivera.
Following the signs I turn right, then an almost immediate left (That's the Left, at the sign.).
The trail heads above, down, around and past a corner of the Pico Rivera Golf Course.
At 19 miles the trail briefly returns to the street as I turn left onto a narrow path across the river and re-enter the trail on the east side.
Soon I have a flowing river on my right and a railroad track on my left.
This led to another Duck sighting. ;-D
From the sound of the conversation, amongst the crowd, I could swear that one of the critters was barking like a Dog!
In the next few miles the river runs dry again, only supporting trees on the side of the river closest to the trail.
Finally, at 23 miles, Mother Nature appears to pretty much give up the ghost, saying “I surrender!” and the railroad is replaced by a freeway.
But, has Mother Nature truly given up the fight?
Is there nothing left for her but to surrender to the whims of Man?
I continued on my journey.
Passing under Telegraph Rd. I come to Santa Fe Springs Park where I can leave the trail and find a bathroom! (How many miles has it been since the last one?)
From the looks of things someone else was glad to find the parks, um, facilities, too. ;-D
I know that the trail is heading back into civilization not just because of the lack of nature, but because of the graffiti, covered, and uncovered, that is beginning to appear beneath my wheels.
A little further on I learn that Mother Nature still has a little fight in her as a few Squirrels cross the trail heading into the river and a few trees return.
I even pass Wilderness Park, in Downey, where a pond with Ducks and Geese can be seen.
Yes, the signs of Suburbia are all around me.
I can see it.
I can smell it.
I can hear it.
After nearly 26 miles Man claims the river, seemingly for good…
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>> It is here that I enter, briefly, the trail system around Legg Lake, at Whittier Narrows, at the border with Pico Rivera.
>> Following the signs I turn right, then an almost immediate left (That's the Left, at the sign.).
If you had made a right (heading north) rather than the immediate left, you would've wound up at Legg Lake, a nice stop. Make sure you cross the little bridge if you ride that way.
Posted by: Tim | Mar 27, 2008 3:53:46 PM