San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds

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San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds, in Pico Rivera, CA: I’ve been aware of a trail network there for a few years, having pored over it many times on Google Maps when planning my rides.

Today was my first opportunity to actually explore San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds on my Xootr scooter

It’s a green space ground water replenishment area, a quarter mile wide, on the west side of the San Gabriel River, extending two miles and change north from Washington Boulevard, up to Whittier Boulevard.

My friend Jorge, also with a Xootr Mg scooter, and his son Chris who’d brought his electric powered scooter.
My friend Jorge, also with a Xootr Mg scooter, and his son Chris who’d brought his electric powered scooter.

The park space has a tall figure 8 shaped network of well-paved trails for hikers and cyclists to enjoy. On this ride, I was joined by my friend Jorge, also with a Xootr Mg scooter, and his son Chris who’d brought his electric powered scooter.

Powered vehicles may be verboten on this trail network, as they are on the through and through river trails. I see powered scooters once in a while, but I’ve never seen anyone ticketed for riding them. In any case, Chris left us behind to do his own exploration of the trails at three times the speed Jorge and I were scooting!

We saw many hikers, many dog walkers, and just a few bicyclists on this loop trail that basically doesn’t go anywhere except around itself.

On the return loop we scooted past a concrete waterway on our left, with ducks and geese on both sides of what looked like a canal at least waist deep, all on a pleasing human scale.

Scooting on the Xootr Mg scooter.
Scooting on the Xootr Mg scooter.

Our ride was a great opportunity to scoot along without trying to set any speed records, and to have a chat about all the issues of the day, like who’s going to get nominated for the Supreme Court, our masks, our social distancing, and where we should ride next week!

4.4 miles, on a very relaxing and enjoyable one hour circumnavigation of this beautiful space.

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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.

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