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Old 01-15-07, 05:46 PM   #1
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Whittier Narrows ride report and pic thread

Just wanted to start a new thread so's I don't gotta look thru page after page!

It's amazing! Everytime I meet new forum members, I'm really impressed. Great people. Nice and fun, and ez to get along with. Unless omeone has something to say, Say it now! ...kidding.

Thanx to ME. Another great ride organized by Sweet Mrs. Robinson. I was real happy that everyone stayed together the whole time. Had plenty of laughs on the ride and at breaks. Opened up the pace at one point and didn't realize TBrown had an air loss problem. Sorry dude, didn't mean to split the group. Sonny hung with him then flew up to to us to inform us. We stopped so that we could regroup. Then "Just Me" had a BLOW OUT near the end. We fixed it up then continued on our merry way. Cool when the group is pretty evenly matched so that everyone is no more than a few yards from eachother. Cool ride.

Lunch was great. Tasty and cheap Had plenty of laughs with the group. "Just Me" kinda scared me a bit. He's the quiet guy that sits in the corner observing eveyone. Never know what he's thinking. Just kidding man! Great group of people and as always ME was quite the hostess. Love that sense of humor, keep it up!

Have pix that I will post as soon....
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Old 01-15-07, 06:02 PM   #2
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Got alot so may takle a while. Photobucket is slooooooooooow!

First of all, the ride leader and Magicant dropping the rest of the sandbaggers!

Rest of the group as they get a feel for one another!
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The cool quiet dude, "Just Me"!

Pretend you don't see the camera Mr. Brown! (TBrown)
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Dude with all the cash, Magicant

Man with a sense of humor, Luwin!

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Thanking everyone so much for opportunity to enjoy riding with them. Had very much fun. Mr. Beanz has blown my cover now though. Thank you extremely very much Mr. Beanz for fine job fixing tire in super time. It obvious you have great exprience in such matters.
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Thanking everyone so much for opportunity to enjoy riding with them. Had very much fun. Mr. Beanz has blown my cover now though. Thank you extremely very much Mr. Beanz for fine job fixing tire in super time. It obvious you have great exprience in such matters.
Riding with guys like Sonny, one of has to know how to fix a flat. AND it aint Sonny!
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Dude with all the cash, Magicant
Sheesh. Now there's a rep I don't want and can't live up to.

Unless some of you guys wanna play a little poker.

Thanks to everyone for a great ride and thanks to m.e. once again for setting the whole thing up! She was also kind enough to demonstrate her snot rocket technique live and in person! I think REI should set up a whole new course with her as instructor.
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Man with a name that makes good sense!..Ronjon

8 men and one woman, Mrs. Robinson flashing us some leg!..DDM!
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It was a great ride....thanks Mr B and Magicant for leading that pace line...it was fast but I was able to hang in there for quite a while...
Great see everyone as always...Luwin, RonJon, Magicant, Mr B, Sonny, Just Me, Tbrown (who is ready for his first century...but no pressure!!), hope I didnt miss anyone and of course ME for setting up an awesome ride!
Great pix Mr B...I still want to ride with those invisible friends of yours!!
I dont think I have ever seen anyone go up the Santa Fe Dam as fast as Magicant did...totally incredible! You were flying up that hill!
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Sonny (Sunman) on the exhale and NO HELMET!

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Mr. Beanz, you're such a sweetie (thanks for not calling me Mrs. Cunningham! ) Great Ride today! Weather turned out so nice and I had a group of handsome, strong riders for 50 miles! What more can a girl wish for. Seriously, you gentlemen helped me put in a solid 50 and I feel great. I really appreciated the company, jokes and conversation - and you made me move my butt!

Getting geared up:


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The Mighty Warriors! (Herb, Mr. Beanz, Justme, Magicant, Luwin, Tbrown, Sonny, Ronjon)


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And some more:

Tbrown:


Ronjon and Tbrown:


Magicant, Sonny and Mr. Beanz:


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Herb and Tbrown:


Luwin and Tbrown:
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She was also kind enough to demonstrate her snot rocket technique live and in person! I think REI should set up a whole new course with her as instructor.
I guess I've found my new profession!
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i'm sitting here at work sooo mad cuz i couldn't skip and ride with you guys! looks like it was a great time. *sighs* I've got to get out and ride with you guys more!
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i'm sitting here at work sooo mad cuz i couldn't skip and ride with you guys! looks like it was a great time. *sighs* I've got to get out and ride with you guys more!
You will as there will be many more rides! And I'd love it if you'd join (woman, I need some female power out there with me! Not that I minded having the men all to myself).
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stuck at work as well...looked like a good day all!!!! see everyone soon!!!
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Nice ride and photos! I had to work today.
What part of the trail is that with the concrete pillars running alongside? I don't think I've ever been on that portion of the river trail.
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Great ride, great pics. I can't believe I missed the entire thread for this ride! I anxiously await meeting you fellow Sherman Oaks folks... I can't believe our paths haven't crossed yet.

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I had one good joke all day. I got proof, LaughingLuwin!

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Here's a quick report -

Mapquested the distance from my house to Encanto Park (meeting point) the night before and it said 6.8 miles. So I figured I'd saunter out of my house around 8:25 or so and ride to meet the folks. Instead of taking surface streets up, it took me around 15 minutes to get to the base of the Sante Fe Dam Rec area where the steep climb is, and another 25 minutes or so to meet the group. Mileage was close to 11 miles. I guess the distance mapquest calculates is the direct distance on surface roads, not the roundabout bike way.

Met up with the group - some familiar faces (Beanz, Herb, M.E.), and some new ones (magicant, ronjon, Justme, Sonny, TBrown) - we get rolling, and it's a nice, pretty evenly matched group. Rolled down SGRT to the four corners split, and went straight. Crossed an intersection back onto the bike path, and continued on the Upper Rio Hondo trail. Weather was a little chilly at first, but warmed up a bit in the sun. Gorgeous day for riding.

Stopped at the park at the end of the Upper Rio Hondo trail, where lively discussion and laughs ensued. Finally got rolling again, took a nice little detour up and around a dam to get some more miles, and back up SGRT. I tucked in behind the broad shoulders of Mr. Beanz, and he was really opening it up at a nice pace of 18-20mph. I dropped back a little while later as I was starting to get a little hungry/tired, so it was nice that we regrouped ever so often. I felt a twinge in my left calf while we were up on the dam, and unclipped to stop to stretch out, when I heard a loud "BANG!!"

I ducked, for fear of getting in the crossfire of a local gang shootout . . . or worse yet - what if I was getting bikejacked? Luckily, I knew that Mr. Beanz was near me, and knew if any crap hit the fan he can go all loco on them while I backed him up with my Chinese kung-fu skillz.

But alas, it was Justme's tire that blew - and luckily he had great bike-handling skills to bring the crippled bike to a safe, secure stop and with the expert assistance of Mr. Beanz and his frame pump, not to mention the amazing moral support provided by me and Herbm as we watched and cheered them on, he was rolling shortly again.

The rest of the group decided to go past the bridge to Encanto Park to the end of the trail near the base of the 39 climb to get their 50 miles, but as I had ridden there in the morning, I was at 57, and decided to call it a day. Actually, I was pretty wiped, starving, and my wife was at the park already to give me a ride home.

All in all, you couldn't ask for a better ride - good weather, riders, and company. And I love riding the trail as you don't have to worry about traffic and clip/unclip at ever stoplight. Can't wait until the next one!!
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Nice ride and photos! I had to work today.
What part of the trail is that with the concrete pillars running alongside? I don't think I've ever been on that portion of the river trail.
That is the Rio Hondo portion. It's really nice over there!
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Great report, Luwin! I missed the big "Bang," but glad it turned out okay and that you weren't "bikejacked."
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Bwahahahaha, you're a crack up Luwin! Nice report. Can you repeat the part again about broad shoulders?
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