I went for my usual night route ride tonight; home (Van Nuys) to the Sepulveda Basin park's bike path, around that a few times, and home. 26.6 miles, including a little jaunt down Sepulveda to Magnolia and back to visit a friend.
Anyway, the point to all this is that I got three flats, two in front and one in the rear within about five miles of each other. My friend got one ten miles earlier in the ride. Though his tires are unprotected, I use Continental Ultra Gatorskins, which are supposed to be puncture resistant. Apparently it is goad-head season, and apparently they are not resistant to goat heads.
So tomorrow we're back at it again, hopefully to go another 20 miles or so, again after dark. Can anyone recommend a valley ride that (A) won't get us killed, and (B) won't get us four flats in the course of fifteen miles, and (C) is do-able after dark (we have lights).