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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #177 - Tame the Valley OH!

12.5.12

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:

Tame the Valley OH!


The Valley. Land of shady real estate speculation, stereotypical 80s accents,
and, of course, pornography. Though a glance at our cumulative map reveals
much of it to be well within the bounds of our typical route distances, we have
nevertheless rarely availed ourselves of its opportunities for exploration. As
to why, there is of course the physical barrier of the Santa Monica Mountains,
sure. Yet there is perhaps a more significant conceptual barrier that turns us
in other directions. Is not the Valley too flat; its streets too predictably gridded;
its tunnels and bridges too few? Isn't it, to put it bluntly, just kinda boring? 

Well, actually, no. 

So this week we once again hop on the Red Line to traverse that physical
barrier and throw off our mental shackles to get beyond the conceptual
one. This week we explore the suburban wilderness that is the Valley of
San Fernando. Oh!

(Again: prepare for a Red Line trip to start; ~25 miles thereafter; pretty flat;
a tiny bit of off/rough road)

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