This morning, after a string of busy days at home filming my wife for her film and TV auditions, as well as a video for an audition I got for a two-episode TV project, it was time for a scooter ride. Just me and my Xootr Street, get out, get some fresh air, connect with the beautiful world around me.
Xootr Street scooter ride on a close bicycle trail
Although it’s in my head to branch out now to the shoreline trails in the beach communities of Los Angeles, like Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and more, I’ve been so busy lately that I chose a bicycle trail closer to home, the Rio Hondo Trail from Fletcher Park in El Monte down to Bosque del Rio Hondo in South El Monte.
Starting early on a longer ride
I got started early, on the trail under way at 9:00, while the temperature was in the 70’s, going up to 80 by the time the ride ended. My usual route from Fletcher Park is about 6 miles, looping around the southern tip of the Whittier Narrows Recreational area, returning on the Rio Hondo Bike Path under the chain link cage fence just west of where people fly their drone airplanes. Today’s ride was a bit longer.
My favorite vistas along the trail
I have my favorite vistas along the trail: the fascinating back yards on the east side of the trail just south of Fletcher Park, then Lashbrook Park, where there are always bums and drug dealers who wave hello to me, then a lush nursery with potted palms, usually with a worker or two tending to them, then the woodsy trail just before it ducks under the 60, then three or four homeless guys’ structures, one with a fancy gate, another that looked like an A frame, with a peaked roof and an elaborate window, and then the inviting shaded creek in a sort of ravine west of the trail.
Enjoyed a chat with Jim
At Bosque del Rio Hondo, I enjoyed a chat with Jim, a guy out for a run, who admired my scooter but declined a test ride, saying he was afraid he’d fall!
All systems go
The ride was just what I needed today. 7.5 miles. Longer than usual, but just right, all systems go.
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