An aerial view
of the Marvin
Braude Bike Path
This is what the Marvin Bruade Bike Path from Malibu to Venice Beach, Calif. looks like from about 12,000 feet up west-north-west, about eight to 10 miles out to sea © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
Some of the best happenings in life are those that are spontaneous – totally unplanned.
It was only as we began our take-off roll down runway R-25 at LAX around 3:15 p.m. on Monday that I realized we were just about to have a magnificent aerial view of the Best Bike Ride on Earth.It was a glorious afternoon, the sun shining brightly, the air relatively smog free, as the nosewheel of our CRJ700 Canadair Regional Jet rotated.
About 45 seconds later, the coastline came into view. We were about 500 feet above it.
Fortunately I was sitting in 4D, the starboard side, way in front of the wing. My view was unobstructed. Soon, I could see Pasadena (where I live) and Malibu (where we were heading) and everything in between – downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Century City.
But my focus was directly beneath us.
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The best bike ride on earth, the thin white strand zig-zagging along the beach at Playa Del Rey, is seen from about 300 feet above.
The entrance to Marina Del Rey with the breakwater, foreground, the channel and Venice Beach to the north. Sailboats dot the azure blue sea on Monday afternoon. Century City can be seen in the distance. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
The concrete of the Marvin Braude Bike Path was clearly visible as a thin strand of white against the yellowish off-white of the beach at Playa Del Rey, all the way to Venice where it disappeared into a cloud of vapor on the horizon.
The Marina Del Rey channel and breakwater stood out in sharp relief. The azure blue ocean was dotted with sailboats. The beach, uncrowded.
ProCamera went into overdrive.
You can see the results for yourself.
The shot from the other side – as we were crossing the coastline to the northwest about 15,000 feet above Malibu – captures the entire portion of the ride seen from the bicycle in the video; from Will Rogers State Beach in the north, to Venice Beach in the south.
What a breathtaking vista.
The timing was coincidentally perfect for photography. Had it been early morning, the lighting would have been awful with the sun shining directly into the camera lens.
Mid-afternoon was just right, the sun about 60 degrees up, due west of Santa Monica.
The cabin crew is serving soft drinks as I write this, and Flight Attendant Michael A. told me were are presently at our cruising altitude of 32,000 feet.
Directly below are the sapphire-like waters of Lake Tahoe, with Reno and the Nevada desert disappearing into the distance to the east.
Travel is the best education money – or frequent flier miles – can buy!
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