Finding Our Way On Adult Kick Scooters

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My friend Jorge and I continue riding sequential chunks of the Los Angeles River Trail on our Xootr Mg adult kick scooters, working our way south towards Long Beach Harbor.

How we found our way on adult kick scooters

We started today’s ride at the west end of San Juan Street, in Paramount, at the Los Angeles River Trail several blocks north of Somerset Blvd. It’s residential, with a small public parking area at the end of the street.

I’ve been stalled in a rut where I put off riding trails farther and farther from home, because of the extra minutes of driving time needed for a longer trip to the starting point.
The rut be damned… if I have to drive forty minutes instead of twenty, my driving time to the Lario Park Trail in Irwindale, so be it.

Weaving memories of all the bike trails

I want to stitch as complete an experience as I can weaving memories of all the bike trails in and around Los Angeles into my life’s tapestry. I want to do it while I still can.

I plan to keep riding my Xootr scooter for as long as I can.
I plan to keep riding my Xootr scooter for as long as I can.

While I plan to keep riding my Xootr scooter until I drop, I recognize that at 80 it isn’t getting any easier to jump up from a chair without a push-off with my hands; and not so easy to put my socks on in the morning without leaning up against a door jamb to keep my balance.

Until the day comes where I can no longer ride my Xootr scooter

For now I can easily handle riding the Xootr scooter… but the day may come when this could change, either from age-related deterioration, or from a black swan event like an injury from a fall.

Riding 3.5 miles

My friend Jorge with his Xootr Mg scooter.
My friend Jorge with his Xootr Mg scooter.

So, Jorge and I set out, with the intention of riding 3.5 miles, to where Long Beach Boulevard crosses the Los Angeles River Trail. Cross streets are unmarked on this portion of the trail, so we soon found we’d scooted past the Plan A turn-around, and were at Del Amo Bvd in Long Beach, at C. David Molina Park, on the southeast corner of Del Amo and the river trail.

4.4 miles from our starting point. This was our Plan B turn-around, easier to find, and that much closer to Long Beach Harbor.

Our usual great conversation

Jorge and I had our usual great conversation on the trail, solving all the problems of the day.

The turnaround point

From our turnaround point, it was easy to see the harbor cranes masked in light haze in the Port of Long Beach, probably just five miles further south of us.

We’re getting there. Finding our way. Through life.

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Jonathan Kelley
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.


  1. I “gave myself” a Xootr Mg for Christmas this year and LOVE it. 56 years old in San Diego, CA. My longest ride (so far) has been 16 miles around San Diego bay. Nimble enough to fit in the trunk of my Miata to explore and stay fit. Thanks for the post. Keep on scooting!

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