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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #278: Landscraping

12.6.14

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.

This week, we meet on Saturday at 8:15am at Union Station.

On the sixth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Landscraping



Saturday, December 6, 2014
Meet at Union Station at 8:15am
Antelope Valley Metrolink train leaves at 8:45

In the city, we often find ourselves riding along the edges of things, skirting boundaries, gravitating toward
spaces that seem to lie just outside of formal control. These patterns of exploration are practically compelled
by the fabric of the city itself. As we are constantly surrounded by areas that are either physically or notionally
closed off, there is a kind of freedom to be found in loosening the ingrained restrictions on movement.

But what of the country, with its wilderness, its wildness, its wide open spaces? Are there even greater
degrees of freedom to be found there? It would seem so. Indeed, there are those who move to the country
precisely to escape the city's restrictions. But of course, with each new seeker of freedom comes the
establishment of new boundaries and zones of exclusion. We see an incremental scraping away at the land,
leaving it graded, fenced, and retained, until the wilderness is scarcely wild, and "the country" is scarcely the
country.

What new patterns of movement will be compelled by this new set of restrictions? Join us this week and find
out, as we explore the most ex- of exurban regions and all the various 'scapes, scrapes and scarps along the
way.

(35 miles; some extended sections of off-roading; mostly downhill, with some ups)

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

- We are continuing with our series of weekend daytime rides (moving the first ride of each month to the
following Saturday), so there was no ride on Wednesday, December 3.

- We will be meeting on Saturday this week AT UNION STATION at 8:15 IN THE MORNING and catching the
Antelope Valley Metrolink #261 at 8:45. We'll gather in the corridor with the ramps to the tracks and head up to
the train together shortly before it departs. PLEASE BE ON TIME and purchase your ticket before you meet
up with us. Weekend day passes are $10. If you miss the train, you are out of luck!

- It is not uncommon for many of the ticket machines to be out of order, resulting in ridiculously long queues.
Do not expect to show up at the station 5 minutes before the train and be able to make it on.

- The ride is starting at the Vincent Grade/Acton Metrolink station and ending many miles away at the Via
Princessa station, making it somewhat complicated to get to the ride by car. You will probably have to take a
train at some point, either with us in the morning (if you park at Via Princessa) or back to your car in the
evening (if you park in Acton). In any case, be there on time; we will not be waiting.

- The route is about 35 miles. There are multiple long, off-road portions. There will be some hiking.

- We will stop for lunch at a restaurant around mile 16 and enjoy a post-lunch exploration shortly thereafter.
Bringing a lock is recommended. Spock ears would not be inappropriate.

- The train schedule for returning to L.A. is somewhat limited. We will probably be returning on train #270,
which arrives at Union Station at 8:20pm.

- Bring water; bring sunscreen; bring extra layers of clothing

- This is the second of four planned once-monthly, weekend, daytime rides this fall/winter. The others will be
on Jan. 10 and Feb. 7.

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