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11/4/2018

Another In-N-Out Burger Tour

Filed under: — stan @ 8:45 pm

After our visit to the In-N-Out Burger museum a few weeks ago, I was looking at the In-N-Out Burger web site, and in particular, their page about the history of the company. And from that, I put together another little In-N-Out-themed tour.

The first sight is the In-N-Out on Foothill in Pasadena. It turns out that that’s the oldest In-N-Out still operating in its original building.

They currently have 335 locations in six states, and of those, only five do not have a drive-through window. And it turns out that one of them is in Glendale. So that was the second sight.

Another tidbit about the company was the the founder, Harry Snyder, was a big fan of the movie, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. So beginning in 1972, he started having a pair of crossed palm trees planted in front of new In-N-Out restaurants. He said that In-N-Out was his treasure, so the trees were his nod to the “Big ‘W’” where the treasure was buried in the movie.

So that was our theme for today.

45 miles.

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10/28/2018

Down for the Count – 2018

Filed under: — stan @ 8:43 pm

It’s the Sunday before Halloween, so it’s time for the annual “Down for the Count” ride to Culver City to visit Bela Lugosi’s grave. Someone comes and decorates for Halloween every year.

Our route out there is pretty straightforward. We head downtown, and then pick up the bike lane along the Metro Expo line out to La Cienega, and then the Ballona Creek bike path to Culver City. On the way back, we stopped at La Dijonaise in the old Helms Bakery building for snacks and drinks. I liked the signs they had outside the bathrooms. They truly were all-inclusive for men, women, and those in-between.

After snacks, we took Venice Blvd and 7th St back to downtown L.A. Then the Arroyo Seco bike trail to South Pasadena. At that point, I bailed out and took Metro Rail just to get home a little earlier, since I was planning on going back downtown to go see the Hapa.Me exhibit at the Japanese museum in Little Tokyo.

50 miles.

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10/21/2018

Michael Myers

Filed under: — stan @ 2:15 pm

Today was the first of two planned Halloween-themed rides. I recently read that the 1978 film “Halloween” was largely filmed in South Pasadena, and in particular, the house that Michael Myers lived in is a designated historical landmark, and had been moved to a location right next to the Metro Station in South Pasadena. So that was our sightseeing for today.

South Pasadena isn’t very far away, to the actual sightseeing was early in the ride, but that’s all right. We rode down there and saw the house. Then we continued on and made a big loop down to Montebello, and then up the San Gabriel River to Duarte. Along the way, we passed the Spanglish Kitchen in Alhambra. From the reviews, it sounds pretty good. After riding up the river bike trail, we rode into Monrovia to have snacks at Merengue.

Coming home, we rode through Sierra Madre for the first time in a while.

44 miles.

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10/14/2018

The Berllin Wall

Filed under: — stan @ 2:24 pm

Today’s bike club ride was visit to the Berlin Wall on Wilshire Blvd, across from Hancock Park and the Tar Pits. It’s reputed to be the largest piece of the Wall outside of Berlin. We’ve been to see it before, but the last time we were there, we got rained out on the way home. Today was much nicer. No rain, and snacks at the Curson Cafe in Park La Brea.

45 miles.

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10/7/2018

In-N-Out Burger

Filed under: — stan @ 8:30 pm

Today’s bike club ride was a trip to Baldwin Park to see the In-N-Out Burger museum and replica of the original In-N-Out. We’ve been there before, and we planned the route so that we would arrive there when the museum opens at 11:00. We took the little tour, and some photos, and then rode home.

43 miles.

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9/30/2018

CicLAvia – L.A.Phil

Filed under: — stan @ 1:35 pm

Today’s bike ride was a visit to L.A. for yet another Ciclavia. This time, the theme was the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Philharmonic. The route went between the Hollywood Bowl and the Disney Concert Hall downtown.

On the way into Hollywood, we stopped off to see the Chandelier Tree. We’d all heard this past week that the city had ordered it shut down recently.

When we got to Hollywood, we turned south and joined the Ciclavia route. We took that all the way into downtown. Then we headed up to Chinatown and rode through the park around Dodger Stadium to get to the L.A. River. We had snacks at Spoke in Frogtown before heading home.

43 miles.

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9/16/2018

The F-86

Filed under: — stan @ 1:05 pm

Today’s ride was a visit to yet another “Open Streets” event, this time in Irwindale and Baldwin Park. And as with the Vernon event a few weeks ago, there are only about two dozen people who actually live in Irwindale, so I guessed that it might not be too crowded, either. And along the way there, we went to see the F-86 in the park in West Covina. It’s made of solid concrete, but Roadside America still insists that it’s a real F-86 airplane.

We stopped for snacks at Panera in West Covina, and then we continued on to Baldwin Park to pick up the beginning of the Open Streets route. We rode that all the way to Santa Fe Dam, and then took the bike trail back up to Duarte. And then home by way of Sierra Madre.

41 miles.

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9/9/2018

The Blacklist

Filed under: — stan @ 1:58 pm

Today’s bike ride was a visit to USC and the Fisher Museum to see the art project in front of the museum commemorating the Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s. We did this before, but it was several years ago. Besides, it seems that people doing un-American things is more in the news again lately for some reason…

It had been long enough since we did this ride that I had to make a few adjustments to the route, but that wasn’t a bad thing. We rode the usual route into downtown, and then south to USC. Along the way, we stopped to see the old Parker Center, which was the long-time headquarters for the Los Angeles Police. It’s slated to be torn down soon, so I wanted to see the building again before it’s gone. Besides, I still remember going to the Street Scene in downtown L.A. back in the ’80s. They had stages set up all over the Civic Center area, and I always wanted to know what rocket scientist thought it was a good idea to put the hardcore punk stage on the street in front of Parker Center. And of course, everyone was shocked – shocked, I tell you – that a riot broke out.

Riding through downtown, it was a misty sort of morning, which made for some nice sunlight reflecting off the buildings. We haven’t seen that since we did “Down for the Count” in 2009.

We stopped at USC to see the garden and the art installation there, and then continued on to Larchmont Village and bagels at Noah’s. Then we rode home through Silver Lake, and up Benton Way, which we haven’t done in a while.

44 miles.

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9/2/2018

La La Land

Filed under: — stan @ 2:42 pm

We did the “La La Land” ride again today. We did this last year, so I didn’t take as many pictures this time. It was more a chance to show the locations to some new people who weren’t riding with us last year. So if you want to see the actual locations, have a look at when we did it last year.

48 miles

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8/26/2018

Sea Monsters

Filed under: — stan @ 2:41 pm

Today’s bike club ride was to visit the two playgrounds with the sea monsters. We’ve done this one before, but that was about six months ago. There wasn’t really anything significant different this time, aside from the big blue sea serpent at Vincent Lugo Park being fenced off, apparently for some sort of repair. Still, it was a nice ride.

42 miles.

Route map and elevation profile

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