Scouting The Trails For a Specific Scooter Ride

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In a few weeks, my wife’s son from Fort Lauderdale may visit us here in Los Angeles. He’s a kick scooter fan, same as me. I decided to scout a specific scooter ride to see how it fits our scooting schedule during his brief stay.


Scouting the trails for a specific scooter ride

Scouting the trails on a Xootr Street scooter.
Scouting the trails on a Xootr Street scooter.

One of my favorite rides is down the San Gabriel River Trail from the Pico Rivera Golf Course (good parking, rest rooms, and a café), past my Northwest Passage exit across the railroad tracks from Amigo Park in Whittier, continuing on down the San Gabriel River Trail to Whittier Boulevard.

The oddly narrow trail underpass

There, we could take the oddly narrow trail underpass, risking collision with bicyclists coming from the opposite direction, or, turn right on Whittier Boulevard, go across the car bridge, then walk across to the north entrance of the San Gabriel River Basin. There’s a trail around the basin, sometimes with a broad expanse of water in the center, depending on how much rain we’ve had.

Half the basin’s central field spaces filled with water?

An elegant great blue heron perched on a log.
An elegant great blue heron perched on a log.

On this day, maybe half the basin’s central field spaces had water. I saw an elegant great blue heron perched on a log near the shore, and also a handsome red winged blackbird, wearing brilliant bright red epaulets on his shoulders.

My favorite trail ride memories

The ride, 7.2 miles in all for the round trip, covers many of my favorite trail ride memories.

On this day of exploration, I set out just before noon. It was in the 90’s. I carried water and a power bar. When our visitor is here, we should ride earlier in the day.

7.2 miles. An hour and change. On a hot day, this was long enough for me!

Will I ever repeat my 22 mile City of Hope to Norwalk Green Line Iron Man marathon ride?

I have to remember, if I ever repeat my 22 mile City of Hope to Norwalk Green Line Iron Man marathon ride, I should do it on a cooler day. For today, it’s a joy to be on my beautiful Xootr Street scooter. Getting ready for a visit from the prodigal son.

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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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