Enjoying two favorite
sports in one day
The group of bicyclists is seen at a mural in Culver City. Your raconteur is in white in the middle, next to, left, Danny Roman, (lime green overlay) ride leader, of Bikes and Hikes. On my right is Dale Price, in blue. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
Part II of this yarn will appear later this week.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is famous for its outdoors sports offerings. What’s not so well known is how – if you wish – you can combine them on the same day!
Surfing the waves and skiing on the snow – the day after Christmas; swimming in the ocean and riding a motorcycle up an 8,000-foot mountain.
On Sunday, it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day.
About 25 members of the SoCal Social Club enjoyed this rare combination of two fabulous sports in one day: a 20-mile bike ride from West Hollywood, Calif., to Marina Del Rey, then a cruise aboard two luxury yachts on Santa Monica Bay for the afternoon.
We returned by coach to base to pick up our cars.
THE ADVENTURE was produced by LA Ecotourism firm Bikes and Hikes, who’s slogan is “Experience LA – Don’t just drive past it!”
Todd Trumbo, who traveled from San Diego for the ride/sail, is ready to roll around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
At the conclusion, owner Danny Roman was tired (he cycled and sailed, too) but satisfied. “Everything was there, just as [we planned]. I am happy,” he said.
Club members were enthusiastic, too.
“It was a great time to have fun with our community, and exercise and play in the Pacific,” said Dale Price, a film industry executive.
The “fun” began around 10 a.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard as cyclists gathered and picked out a well-oiled 21-speed (or similar) Trek or Giant brand hybrid bike from the store’s stock. Included was a helmet and full water bottle (which we got to keep as a souvenir).
Most in the group – some had traveled from as far as San Diego to participate – were not familiar with the route planned.
Neither, by the way is Google. Check out its recommendations from Bikes and Hikes to Marina Del Rey in the map: it doesn’t have a clue!
Expertly paced by Roman – who was assisted by tour guide Leandre Duchesne at the back of the pack – the group meandered through some quaint back streets of Beverly Hills (little time spent on major thoroughfares) passing through the Pico District and into Culver City in less than an hour.
A major attraction, less visited, we passed was The Culver Studios, which boasts on its web site: “Since 1918, we’ve been serving the visionaries, the mavericks and the independents of the industry, from David O. Selznick to Orson Welles to Alfred Hitchcock.”
The route Google recommends from West Hollywood, Calif., to Marina Del Rey. Don’t believe a word of it.
The ride had been leisurely, thus far. It took a rather different direction at the start of the seven mile-Ballona Creek Bike Path, rated one of L.A.’s best.
Here is what the web site LAist.com says about it:
“Connecting Culver City to the coast, the Ballona Creek bicycle path follows the waterway for about seven miles from the Marvin Braude Bike Trail in Playa del Rey to Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver. Offering picturesque views of the Ballona Wetlands, the Baldwin Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains (on a good day)…”
The Ballona Creek Bike Path, rated one of the best in Los Angeles, can be a cruise or a race. We did both.
The official site of Ballona Creek describes some recent improvements:
“In the last year or so, significant bike path improvements have been made or are about to start. These include native landscaping, artist-designed gates, and other amenities in the Del Rey neighborhood from McConnell to Sepulveda and in Culver City around Duquesne.”
Assembling the riders at the entrance to the bike path, Roman cautioned everyone to “keep left” whenever the path divides: it was the right advice. At every major intersection, the concrete bike path dives under the roadway, following the channelized river.
Bikers gather momentum on the downslope, then pedal like crazy uphill.
Each cyclist rode at his own pace. The group eventually thinned out to perhaps two or three hundred yards as some pedaled harder than others. We gathered together again where the Ballona Creek path joins the Marvin Braude Bike Path in Marina Del Rey.
(For the story and video about the Marvin Bruade path, see “BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH – The movie” blogged here on July 8)
Then it was time to hit the water.
Part II of this saga will appear later this week on In the (K)now
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