The Ride [Took Two Days To Ride Through the L.A. Area]
Route: Many Options to Ride Through the L.A. Region, All Of Which Include At Least Some Sections Of Countless Stoplights and Heavy Navigation [I Stayed On Coastal Trails As Much As I Could]
Weather: Morning Clouds Giving Way to Afternoon Sun and Mid-to-High 20s
Total Climbing: After Some Minor Rolling Hills in Malibu, The Ride Is Mostly Flat
Night One Accommodations: Awesome Hosts With A Comfortable Couch
Night Two Accommodations: Cheap Motel in Huntington Beach
Camping Options: Very Limited
Two Days In L.A.
- From Leo Carrillo State Beach, I pedaled through the rolling hills of Malibu, the flatter and beachside bike paths of Santa Monica, and stopped for the afternoon at Venice Beach. Though cloudy, I appreciated the massive beaches and unobscured oceanviews that never seem to end in this area. Always one of my favourite views.
- From Venice Beach, I rode twenty kilometres inland to stay with a couple of amazing hosts, who offered a gigantic homemade meal and fridge full of ice-cold beverages for the evening. Arranged through a mutual friend, we’d never met before. Yet another reminder that awesome people are everywhere; only a matter of opening myself up to connect with them.
- From Silver Lake, I returned to the coast via Venice Boulevard. Then, I enjoyed another several miles of beachside riding. Aside from the constant and beautiful ocean views, highlights along this path were the extravagant houses and buildings dotting the beachfront from Manhattan Beach through Redondo Beach. At Redondo Beach, I began to ride further inland.
- For the rest of the day, from Redondo Beach to Huntington Beach, I relied on songs and podcasts to endure the consistent barrage of traffic and stoplights. After approximately ninety kilometres of total cycling from Silver Lake, I arrived at my destination in Huntington Beach. With few options for camping throughout the L.A. area, I reserved a surprisingly inexpensive motel [$70 in Canadian dollars!].