Before BikeForums, I use to ride with a wonderful, eclectic group who called themselves The Brutos. This was the group in which I met Il bruto (Alan) and TDF (Francis). Over time, due to schedules and what not, the group dispersed, and I went on to join this forum and well…the rest is history. Lucky for me, I reconnected with Alan of late, he joined this forum and I was treated to having several of the members of The Brutos join today on the Pho Ride. They may all join BF, so I will let them reveal their names and I will just use initials, except for Sassy as I already know the handle she’ll use.
We took off from Alhambra park into beautiful weather today, perfect for riding. It was a good pace and other than a few mechanical issues with Tom’s bike, no incidences to report (which is a good thing). We had one encounter with some very friendly sheep, that I pet, and who all baaaed at us in unison (only in LA can one find sheep within ¼ mile of a Mini Mart).
La Tuna was much shorter than I remember it from three years ago. Not too much traffic, but certainly some fast moving cars. I passed a sweet gal on a mountain bike hauling butt up that hill. She asked me if she could join our group on a future ride and I gave her the BF info and my number. Amazing how lone riders are always looking to find friends to ride with. I hope she joins.
After cresting La Tuna, it was a sweet descent and then back to the park and off to Pho! Yummy! Alan is so cute and insisted I order #46. It was fantastic, although there were some items in the soup (tendons and balls?) that I just couldn’t eat. Okay, I did consume the balls…(add your own dirty joke here as I’m too tired to do it). We laughed, caught up and had a wonderful time.
Il bruto, thank you and M again for treating me to Pho. You’re the sweetest!
Here are some pics from the day…
Heading out with D. and Il bruto in front:
G. in full kit, who drove up from Pawndale to join!
Perfect weather to ride in
D. and Sassy - nice to ride with them again!
D. in action
Il bruto all smiles as usual
Sassy and G. while waiting to take off for La Tuna
Me and Sassy - I've missed her and the other great gals from the group