Xootr Street Scooter Ride: All Systems Go!

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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

Out for a ride. All systems go!
Out for a ride. All systems go!

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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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
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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