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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #350 - Middle-Ranging

05.7.16

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.


This week we will meet at 9:30am on Saturday on the upper platform at the Wilshire/Vermont Metro station.
See below for more details.


On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

Middle-Ranging


When we started The Passage, quite a few years ago now, we wanted to locate a space within what we saw at the time as the widening gap between the slow-paced, "social" rides and the fast-paced, "hustle" rides. Neither a hangout nor a workout -- though one could certainly also do both -- the ride's primary intended goal was exploration. And so, with the ride, we tried to find a happy medium.

Over the years, we've oscillated back and forth between faster and slower routes, shorter and longer routes, easier and harder routes, but in general we've stuck to the middle. As we say, it's probably a difficult ride for less experienced riders and an easy one for those more confident.

This week, as has become our tradition for routes which are multiples of 50, we do something a little different, get a little more ambitious. However, within the scope of greater ambition, this route still falls somewhere in the middle. We go a little farther than usual, but not too much more. There is a little more climbing, but nothing too outrageous. We wouldn't say it's an easy ride, but it is also not some sort of herculean feat. We've been more ambitious and we've been less.

And then where we are going also falls a bit in the middle. We'll be taking advantage of the new Gold Line extension to go outside our normal riding territory, but again just a little -- not nearly as far afield as when we have in the past taken Metrolink. And many of the places we'll pass through are sort of in-between spaces themselves, not here but not quite a "there" either (looking at you, Irwindale). Finally, while there will be times when we'll be off-road, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, we never really get outside the middle of development, of the 'burbs.

Anyway, we think you get the point: this route falls somewhere in the middle. But, with new places to explore and views aplenty, it is certainly not middling, no.

(~45-50 miles; about a quarter of which is off-road and hilly)


MORE DETAILS:

- As stated above, this week we ride on SATURDAY, May 7th

- We'll be taking the Red Line to the Gold Line out to Irwindale station; we'll return on the Gold Line from the Monrovia station

- Since getting from the donut shop over to the station is always a bit of a mess, this time we'll just meet at Wilshire/Vermont station, down on the UPPER PLATFORM (towards downtown).

- The train we plan to take is scheduled for 10am. Don't be late -- we won't be able to receive calls/texts down there anyway!

- If you want to meet us at Union Station, meet on the Gold Line platform. The train we plan to take from there is scheduled to depart at 10:15. If you want to meet us out in Irwindale, we plan to get there at approximately 11am. Please be at either location ahead of that scheduled time; we're not going to wait. (That being said, it is possible that we will be running late, so don't give up if we're not there 100% on time.)

- Bring plenty of water, bring snacks, bring sunscreen.

- Fixed and single-speed bikes are strongly discouraged. You'll want gears.

- We will stop for lunch approx. 12 miles into the ride at an In-n-Out Burger (with a donut shop across the street). If burgers aren't your jam, there is a Mexican grocery store close by as well (and other suburban-type food options). Vegetarians/vegans might consider packing a lunch.

- Because of the distance, hills, etc., we expect this to take all day. We'll probably get to Monrovia station for our return around sunset.

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For more information about past rides, visit our website:
ThePassageRide.com

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thepassageride.tumblr.com

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