Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: El Monte
Bikes: Motobecane Vent Noir. Masi Nuvo Strada
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Rio Hondo to SGRT ride report.
Alright time to sum up the ride. It was fun! O.K. I'll give more details. I left the house about 7:45 towards SGRT, I decided to just jump on to the Rio Hondo trail near Whittier Narrow. I have to say, the Rio Hondo trail is so ugly and boring. The L.A. river part is worse. There is nothing to see but the back of industrial buildings. Now I know that past the 5 fwy is the same on SGRT, but at least before that the scenery is nice-ish.
About half way to Long Beach I met a freindly recumbent rider named Jim, I think, Im really bad with names. We chated all the way to the end of the L.A. river and he gave me good directions on how to find my way to my next point. I don't really like riding on streets but these were not so bad. Traffic was minimal and it was very easy to get to the trail entrance.
As I was going down the on ramp to get on the trail back home I encountered a very big pack of riders. They must have had at least 10 people. I couldn't pass them and they were going the same speed as me so I decided not to be that creepy guy and say hi to the guy in the back. I asked if they were a club and the guy in the back said no, just a group of freinds. I sticked with them till the very large bridge that divides the trail into coyote creek (I think, cant remember the name but I know its an animal). They split up there and I continued on my mary way. By far the hardest part were the last 10 mi. I was tired and my legs were screaming. I pushed it home and made it with a speed average of 17 mph, a total distance of 61.572 mi. and a ride time of 3:38 hrs.
Oh and construction is done at the site furthest south but not the one that right after the petting zoo. Sorry I don't know the name of the streets that they are near.
I only took two pictures because we have all seen these trails before.