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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #202 - Not Quite the End of the Line

06.8.13

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).


This is the third in a series of four weekend Passage rides.

Meet at UNION STATION at 8:20am
Metrolink train departs at 8:50am
Return train arrives at approx. 3:30pm



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:

Not Quite the End of the Line


There was a time (let's say the 1870s) when a moderately successful individual
(for instance, a carriage-maker) could buy up nearly a thousand acres of partitioned
ranch land and dream a city into existence. And, in a stroke of modesty, said individual
might choose to name it after himself. Because why not?

Or, well, you could try.

Columbus Tustin had the land and the dream but he never quite got his city going
during his own lifetime. After a few years of trying to sell plots, he ended up having
to give them away for free to anyone who would build a home. When he was
outmaneuvered by his neighbor to the north, Santa Ana, in his bid to secure the
southern terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad within his town, that was pretty
much that for Tustin City. Columbus died in 1883, bitter, disappointed. The future of
his namesake was uncertain.

But slowly, eventually, it started to take off. In 1927, with over 900 residents,
it finally incorporated. During World War II, three military bases were built nearby,
providing jobs away from the ever-shrinking orchards. Then came the freeways.
Then the housing developments. Then more housing developments. Beige brick
everywhere! Hooray!

Tustin today feels much like the other places we have visited thus far on these
weekend rides: vast swaths of uncanny banality punctuated by ecstatic moments
of the unexpected. Sometimes these moments are to be found in the monumental,
sometimes they are hidden, in the margins. Both are equally interesting for our
purposes and both we shall see this Saturday.

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MANY, MANY, TOO MANY DETAILS:


- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION STATION
at 8:20 IN THE MORNING and taking the 8:50 Metrolink train to Tustin. We'll gather
in the corridor with the ramps to the tracks. PLEASE BE ON TIME and purchase your
ticket before you meet up with us. Weekend unlimited passes are $10. If you miss
the train, you are out of luck.

- Please note that last week several ticket machines were out of order, resulting in
ridiculously long queues. Do not expect to be able to show up at the station 5 minutes
before the train and be able to make it on.

- If you want to drive there instead, you are welcome to do so. But since the end of
the ride (in Santa Ana) is about 5 miles from the start (in Tustin), you will have a little
bit of extra riding back to your car. We should arrive at the Tustin station at 9:45am.
We are not waiting there for people; make sure you are present when we show up.

- The route is a little over 30 miles, but this week we plan to make the earlier train
back, at approximately 2:15pm. This will require a little more speed and a lot less
stopping than previous weeks. There will be plenty of water refill opportunities,
but you shouldn't expect a leisurely lunch. Depending on how it's going there might
be a quick lunch stop but there might not even be that. BRING AMPLE SNACKS.

- Helping us in our endeavor to make the earlier train is that there is really only
one hill. It is mostly just a long incline, really (though your perception may differ).
A good portion of it, however, is unpaved (albeit with very well-packed dirt).
Very easy to ride, all in all.

- Depending on time and how many people come out, there might also be a portion
of riding through a small amount of water, on slippery pavement. If you need to put
your foot down in this portion of the ride, your foot will get wet. Prepare yourself for
that, mentally, if not otherwise. (It's really not that big of a deal though.)

- There will be sun and likely heat. Bring sunscreen. Bring plenty of water.
Again, please bring snacks. A change of clothes can make the train ride back
more enjoyable.

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For more information about past rides, visit our website:
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