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Old 12-30-19, 09:00 AM
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That's where a high school girl drove off on New Year's Eve a couple years ago. I don't know what the other one is near there. Personally, I think it's hideous and I don't think people should be allowed to build these things along the road out in the countryside.
Officially, I don't think it IS permitted. I recall some kind of exception made in a very small number of cases long ago. I do like them, and that one (for Sarah ... you're right .. she drove over the side after a NYE party) in particular. But since it appears to be about 4 inches of reinforced concrete, it is probably a hazard.
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Old 12-30-19, 01:26 PM
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I had a rare eastbound takeoff from LAX a few days ago, and was lucky enough to get a good photo of my cycling hood.

On the bottom there is the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with the beach cities of Torrance, Redondo Beach (with the larger marina), Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, and Santa Monica.

Off in the distance under the clouds are the Santa Monica Mountains, with Malibu and Pt. Dume (the largish point in the distance). That is a south facing beach, which is why it is a summer surfing break.

You an even see Pt Mugu way on the upper left.

We clean up well after a good rainstorm.

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Found myself at the Rose Bowl yesterday. Even if you hate football, the venue is awesome.

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We were so close! I think our last appearance at the Rose Bowl was 1962, (And MN won!) Poor Wisconsin, although I won't pretend to shed any tears. They ruined our chance of getting there this year. However we did beat Auburn at the Outback Bowl yesterday.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Found myself at the Rose Bowl yesterday. Even if you hate football, the venue is awesome.


Awesome!! You live in an amazing area of the US. Iíve always enjoyed watching the Rose Bowl Parade.
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We were so close! I think our last appearance at the Rose Bowl was 1962, (And MN won!) Poor Wisconsin, although I won't pretend to shed any tears. They ruined our chance of getting there this year. However we did beat Auburn at the Outback Bowl yesterday.
I actually thought Wisconsin had the better team. They were winning the game in the trenches, but just made too many mistakes.

The Rose Bowl is always fun ... one of the great things about it is that the Big 10 fans are always very gracious ... probably thankful to be in SoCal for the holiday. I know I would be!

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Awesome!! You live in an amazing area of the US. I’ve always enjoyed watching the Rose Bowl Parade.
We really are lucky. The weather and terrain are fab. But on the other hand, that also means there are a LOT of people.

I dunno what it is, but the weather is almost always GREAT on New Years Day. Almost always clear and sunny, and almost always with snow in the local mountains. It's uncanny!
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Found myself at the Rose Bowl yesterday. Even if you hate football, the venue is awesome.

Nice. You know, there were some photos taken yesterday during the game of the sunset actually reflecting off the the rather metallic helmets the Duck players were wearing. Super cool. I am sorta busy right now, or I would get you the link. I think it may have been on Oregonlive. Anyhow, very nice photo. Pasadena is so cool.
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Nice. You know, there were some photos taken yesterday during the game of the sunset actually reflecting off the the rather metallic helmets the Duck players were wearing. Super cool. I am sorta busy right now, or I would get you the link. I think it may have been on Oregonlive. Anyhow, very nice photo. Pasadena is so cool.
I finally saw the game last night, and I see what you mean ... that looked great!

We are having some great sunrises and sunsets as of late. I got out of work late last night and missed the sunset, but I got the sunrise this morning.

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Latigo Canyon Road

That looks very inviting! The climbs don't appear to be too steep. Even some houses sprinkled in. Did you know that there's a bike leaning against the guardrail??? But it doesn't look like your Scott.
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That looks very inviting! The climbs don't appear to be too steep. Even some houses sprinkled in. Did you know that there's a bike leaning against the guardrail??? But it doesn't look like your Scott.
One thing I like about Latigo is that while it is long, it isn't terribly steep ... there are longer sections that are only 3-5%. And unlike a lot of other climbs in the Santa Monicas, it is a great descent.

One of my favorite sections is actually a part where the road is fairly flat, but really twisty. It's so much fun through there. Check out my friend on this one section.



And then there is the twisty section near the vinyard. Oy, is that fun ... both going up and down.

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That looks very inviting! The climbs don't appear to be too steep. Even some houses sprinkled in. Did you know that there's a bike leaning against the guardrail??? But it doesn't look like your Scott.
I think it's his Schwinn. Another nice thing about that road is it's twisty enough to slow the motor traffic a bit and even keeps some away. It looks a lot different in some places after the fires,other places there was no fire. It's about 11 miles from the coast to the end of the road at Kanan. Marginal climbers like me have to remember there is a descent in the middle and a second climb before you're out. On a hot day, that second climb kicks my butt.
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
That looks very inviting! The climbs don't appear to be too steep. Even some houses sprinkled in. Did you know that there's a bike leaning against the guardrail??? But it doesn't look like your Scott.
Oh yea ... forgot to say ... that bike on the rail is my trusty Schwinn Fastback. I dunno why, but I haven't ridden the Scott since the HooDoo 500. It still has the aerobars on it.

Maybe I'll take her down from the garage and take her out for a spin. I'll bet she's getting lonely.
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Last night's view of Ballona Creek from the bike path.

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Last night's view of Ballona Creek from the bike path.

Is it dicey to ride there after dark? I have nver spent any time in that part of town, other than just traversing it to get somewhere else.
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Is it dicey to ride there after dark? I have nver spent any time in that part of town, other than just traversing it to get somewhere else.
Yes and no. The city manager of Manhattan Beach was attacked some years ago, and every few years or so, they find a body in Ballona Creek. I jump on and off the path at a housing project. And there are a lot of homeless at where it goes under the 91 Freeway.

But there are all sorts of people on it that make better victims than me ... I see a lot of women walking by themselves in the dark and the like. I also keep my eyes open and if there appear to be n'ere do wells about (and sometimes, there are), I make sure I am not alone when I pass them. A couple of years ago, there was a group standing around in 80 degree weather with hoodies. I turned around and took another way home. lol
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Tillikum Crossing Bridge just after sunset. This is the bridge just for bikes, peds, and mass transit.
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The fishing port of Heda on the west coast of Izu peninsula south of Mt Fuji is protected by a sand bar that has been growing due to a northbound sea current. It is covered with a pine forest, in the middle of which there is a Shinto shrine with red torii (gate). To the right you see Mt Fuji through the open channel. We visited it during my most recent century ride:



The second half of the century ride was after dark which means it was kind of chilly. But it was a Full Moon night and the wintry snow cap of Mt Fuji beautifully reflected the moonlight. Here you see the main part of Honshu across Suruga bay from the peninsula, with the city lights of Numazu and Mt Fuji behind it. The night shot mode of the Google Pixel 3 even picked up some stars.

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