(Creative Commons Photo By Kate Davidson)I rode with friends from Union Station in Downtown LA on Saturday morning, all the way down, way down, to San Diego. It was 130 miles in all, with 30 miles of rain in the first stretch to Long Beach, and various mishaps, resulting in the trip being an all day and some night adventure. There will be more on some of the mishaps later in a discussion of atrocious road conditions in Los Angeles and their relationship to accidents (thankfully there were no serious injuries). However once we got really rolling and the sun came out it was an amazingly beautiful day for riding with puffy clouds shaped like layers of cake frosting.
Thanks to Drew for the place to stay the night, and huge props to Katie Kelly of the San Diego crew The Cretins, for the great hospitality and most amazingly awesome vegan pancakes on the planet the following morning (this view may be influenced by my extreme hunger at the time, nom nom nom).
Props are also deserved to Amtrak for hooking us up with our own unused baggage room on the train to store our plethora of bikes for the ride home. This further reinforced my belief that trains and bikes are highly complimentary modes of energy efficient transportation, and their combination is like a super mega transit zord or something to that effect (I need to make a drawing of that).
Now I am in the healing process as my legs recover from the first ride to really give me some lasting hurt in quite a long time. Sometimes pain can feel so good. It makes me feel more alive to really accomplish something with my body, which basically sits idle at a computer in my line of work. Cycling gives a much needed contrast in my life.