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29 May 2005

Biking to Long Beach

Filed under: Personal — paulcook @ 10:43 pm

Yesterday Ariele, Suvir and I took a trip to Long Beach. By bike. Oh, and Jeff came too, by car. Though the bike part is probably more notable.

Our route started with about 10 miles on the road, heading east from Pasadena. Thereafter we followed a bike trail along a river (well, concrete canal, with water in some places), ending up in Seal Beach, just east of Long Beach. The total distance was 41.9 miles (67km in real units), which took us a little under three hours. As as our time will tell you, we weren’t dawdling along — though a strongish headwind toward the end was a real nuisance.

The trail itself is pretty good — there is just one place were it temporarily vanishes, and there are a few dark tunnels under bridges (one with a huge rock in the path), but other than it’s smooth and of course traffic-free. While not exactly scenic, it’s certainly doesn’t feel like you’re in the heart of Los Angeles. There are, for example, a huge number of rather run down horse stables along part of the way. I have no idea what the horses do…

While they quite charitably point out that I had the heaviest bike, I think I can safely say I was the least fit of the three of us. But I was still pleased that I managed to keep up the whole way, and still walk around afterwards, and today as well.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Jeff, who drove out to join us for a (most welcome) lunch, and then drove us back!

Exercise for the reader: For once, some real exercise for the reader! Try the trail yourself. In three hours. Then acknowledge our 1337 phitness skillz. Alternatively, if you manage it fine, don’t tell me — I don’t want to know.



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  1. Is this what you meant by biking? http://www.compfused.com/directlink/770/

    Comment by Paul F — 31 May 2005 @ 2:18 pm

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