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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #141 - Smooth Sailing Ahead

03.21.12

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.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

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
- 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:

Smooth Sailing Ahead


One of the ironies of our ride has always been that New Hampshire
Avenue, the corner of which and 3rd being our point of departure each
week, New Hampshire Avenue has always been a bit unpleasant of a
cycling route. POT. HOLES. Not just between 3rd and 4th -- though it
has been especially bad on that block -- but all the way to Olympic
and beyond. Off-roading? No problem. But riders complain when we take
New Hampshire.

A couple years ago they went through and repaved most of Koreatown's
surrounding streets. New Hampshire? Nothing. The CicLAvia route goes
down it, passing right by the donut shop. Has this inspired a fix?
Nope. They even put sharrows along a stretch -- some right into the
pot holes. Still, nada.

Well, friends, we are happy to report that they are finally doing something
about it. No, it is not exactly smooth YET. Quite the opposite. Right now
it is the storm before the calm. But they have taken the first scraping
steps towards a future of smoothness. It is, as they say, upon the horizon.
And so, in anticipation and in celebration, this week we head out towards
that buttery horizon of smooth sailing.

(Which isn't to say we totally avoid the vertical, but we keep it to a minimum,
you know, for us.)

30+ miles, so load up your soundbike's playlist with plenty of smooth jams.

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