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ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY: a motorcycle rider’s perspective (with movie)
Jul 27th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Scenic route popular with

bikers in Southern California

The Angeles Gest Highway – where the movie was shot. Click image to enlarge.

ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC drives in the greater Los Angeles area is also a favorite for motorcycle riders of all shapes and sizes.
The Angeles Crest Highway from La Canada-Flintridge is a two-lane stretch of road winding its way through the San Gabriel Mountains some 66 miles to Phelan, a tiny village in the Mohave Desert.
It is California Highway 2.
On most weekend days, throngs of bikers from all over the region pack it full; auto drivers, beware!
Some of the bike riders are indeed reckless. The mountain passes have been the scene of many fatalities over the years. But, in most cases, it is the riders’ fault.
We witnessed at least one such rider when I rode the route with a group of about 20 lead by the Satyrs M/C of Los Angeles on July 21.

WATCH THE MOVIE BELOW THE FOLD


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Auto museum sells cars; LA Times runs correction (with video)

YOU WONT FIND THESE AUTOS ON CRAIGSLIST! (with video)
The Los Angeles Times was obliged to correct an article critical of the world famous Petersen Automotive Museum that is selling more than 100 cars to raise funds for an expansion of the facility.
The museum is fighting back with huge headlines “setting the record straight” on its web site.
Get In the (K)now here and watch a video of the auction.


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Historic Mt. Wilson Observatory a big draw in SoCal (with video)

TELESCOPE TOWERS OVER REGION – AND MY BACK YARD
About 6,000 feet up in the San Gabriel Mountains behind my Pasadena home stands the Mount Wilson Solar Observatory, founded by Hale in 1904.
If you are lucky enough, you can spend an evening peering through the 60-inch scope for the princely sum of $900 (dusk through 1 a.m.).
I am luckier than that. Many an evening I sit on my front porch and gaze up at Mt. Wilson, the stars gleaming in the skies above the mountains. The view is just perfect, for me.


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The world famous Huntington: up close and personal

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART GALLERY AND GARDENS ARE WORLD RENOWNED Whatever else you might miss on a visit to Southern California, this world renowned complex is a must-see. It is a short ride downhill on my bicycle from my home.
Get up close and personal here.


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Short movie about gay love is a sensation (with two videos)

FIVE-HANDKERCHIEF COMING-OUT STORY HITS A NERVE (with two videos)
Love is a universal emotion. Everyone single one of us can identify with the issues so delicately explored by Kim Ho in his intimate personal coming out videos.
Kim Ho, 17, shares his angst over revealing his love for another boy in French class in “The Language of love,” which has been viewed more than 160,000 times on You Tube.
See the video for yourself here.


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Transformed LA Athletic Club epitomizes downtown renaissances

REVAMPED HISTORIC BUILDING NOW TRENDY LOCALE FOR URBAN HIPSTERS
One of L.A.’s most historic buildings, the exclusive Los Angeles Athletic club, has undergone a major renovation.
Designer Tracy Beckmann led a small group on a guided tour of the exclusive club on Tuesday.
The overall effect of the new decor is an unusual combination of avant garde and traditional. Old and new. Antique and modern. Get all the details here.


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‘The Newsroom’ created by Aaron Sorkin is must-see TV (with video)

BRILLIANT DRAMA CAPTURES AMERICAN ZEITGEIST
If Fox News DOESN’T LIKE “The Newsroom,” do you need more of a reason to watch it? I don’t.
Creator/write/director Aaron Sorkin not only begins with a great script, he adds superb production values to produce a gripping drama that keeps one glued to the screen while receiving an important message.
Watch a video clip here and get In the (K)now!


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Space shuttle Endeavour draws crowds at new home (with video)

L.A.’S NEWEST ‘ATTRACTION’ PACKS LEARNING WITH FUN
A visit to the retired space shuttle Endeavour at its new resting place in the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles sure beats a trip to Disneyland. It is proving to be a popular attraction this summer, with Angelenos and visitors alike. Watch a video of its trip from LAX across town.


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Vancouver has city center like few others (with video)

SMART PLANNING, SOOTHING WATER MAKE DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER SPECIAL (with video)
Not many downtowns can offer the same combination of attractions, ambiance and elegance as Vancouver, B.C.
Perhaps it is the soothing effect of all the water – downtown is surrounded by it – or the fact that Manhattan is 3,000 miles away.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.


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Newest addition to London skyline is spectacular

The Shard (of glass) – a brand new skyscraper – has totally transformed both the London skyline and the south bank of The Thames river where it is located.
If you get to visit, undoubtedly you will enjoy a unique experience, unavailable anywhere else … except, perhaps, a little further down The Thames, on the now famous London Eye.
Check out the views here.


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