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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #245 - Pass the Zanja

04.16.14

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),
but often it is not possible.

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:

Pass the Zanja


We here at the Passage like to keep things current, to keep our fingers on the
pulse of the moment. So this week we bring you another one of our signature
"ripped from the headlines" routes. Yes, just a few days ago we were informed
that a section of L.A.'s original irrigation channel, the Zanja Madre, was
uncovered during construction in Chinatown. So let's take a pass at it, shall we?

Now, granted, just how "current" this all is does depend on your perspective.
Because, first of all, they actually found it about a month ago. And then, despite
the headlines that made it sound like some sort of big "discovery," the channel
was in fact not particularly "lost." Though there was speculation that railroad
construction might've destroyed most of it over the years, no one definitively
knew it wasn't there: we just hadn't really looked for it. And another stretch of it
was uncovered during construction of the Metro Gold Line a few years back.
And archeologists, both amateur and professional, had located its path as far
back as the 70s. And apparently people in the neighborhood had known of one
nearby outcropping as a good "source of bricks" for years. And, really, we've
had maps showing its general location the whole time. And, well, the thing is
pretty darn old.

But, you know, it's good to get excited about things. Because, though it's
been there the whole time, we weren't moved to do a ride about it until now,
were we? Nope. Well, now's the time!

(This is so incredibly "of the moment" (i.e. procrastinated) that we still haven't
mapped out a definite route yet. But it will likely be on the short side, with
perhaps one hill, and possibly an optional fence hop/embankment descent.
Nothing too crazy though.)

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