With Ride With GPS on my screen I also opened up Google Street view together with an LA cycling map. The latter showed that there were lots of opportunities – dedicated cycle paths and cycle lanes on various main roads. Unfortunately the ‘map’ was a diagram, not a true scale map so that only partly helped. Anyway, to cut a long story short, after a couple of hours of plotting and a certain amount of cursing I had what I thought was the ideal route for crossing the cities and minimising exposure to traffic. So, as they say “I was good to go”.
Last night I met Pete Wilson, who hails Miles)from Troon in Scotland and will also be riding to Boston. We had previously exchanged a few emails and had spoken on the ‘phone so it was good to put a face to a name. When I mentioned today’s plan, Pete was keen to join me and I was delighted as I knew it would be good to have company whilst riding across new terrain.
We had a bit of a false start before setting off when I discovered that I hadn’t actually downloaded the route onto my Garmin. There was no way I was going to ride blind across LA. Fortunately, I’ve brought a back up Garmin with me and that did have the route on it so after nipping back to my room to get the back up we were soon underway, heading for the coast and the cycle path north that I rode in Monday. Arriving at Venice Boulevard we turned north east. Now Venice Boulevard is a pretty busy road, a bit like Edgware Road in London if you know it. What Venice Boulevard does have that makes it suitable, is a dedicated cycle lane. It runs dead straight for 6 miles with, as we discovered, lots of crossroads complete with traffic lights which involved quite a lot of stopping and starting.
|The CV’s first donut
After posing for photographs, we retraced our route back to El Segundo. We both agreed that despite most of the ride being uninspiring it had been completely worthwhile. And for me, it was another thing to cross off my bucket list. You can see our route by clicking here.