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Tour de Mulholland--Ride Report(29 posts)

Tour de Mulholland--Ride Reportmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 9:49 AM
I was going to skip a ride this morning, but it was so nice I had to get out for a short one and take the camera. Here's the bike ready to roll.
Up Sepulvedamickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 9:54 AM
Sepulveda's not long or steep, but when it's right out the door, it gets the heart going first thing in the morning.
818 to 310mickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 9:56 AM
Here's the tunnel at the top of the hill, which takes you from the San Fernando Valley to the west side of L.A. (at least in this direction).
Another ignored road signmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 9:58 AM
Here's the sign going into the tunnel. It can get a bit hairy in rush hour traffic.
Self explanatory signmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 9:59 AM
The street immortalized in film by David Lynch.
Hmmm ... maybe YOU can explain the movie to metarwheel
Dec 30, 2002 10:19 AM
I read a bunch of online movie reviews after seeing Mulholland Drive, and I still didn't understand it. Typical David Lynch stuff, but still enjoyable. Great shots. Didn't realize LA could be so scenic. I guess it depends on the smog level.
I can shed no lightmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 2:47 PM
I like most of Lynch's stuff, but I can't give you any help with Mulholland Drive. Hell, I'm still trying to figure out what the hell was going on in Eraserhead. As for the scenery, Mulholland's pretty nice but we've got much better views from the San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, and Santa Monica Mountains (on the other side of the 405). The smog's usually a bit worse on the Valley side than it is on the city side, where the ocean breezes blow the crap to points east.
Stone Canyon Reservoirmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:01 AM
This is looking south into Bel Air from Mulholland.
Century City in the distancemickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:02 AM
This is the upscale business and shopping district of Century City seen from Mulholland near Beverly Hills.
Mulholland Scenic Drivemickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:03 AM
Lots of view spots along the way.
Looking westmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:05 AM
This is a shot of what Mulholland typically looks like. It doesn't have much of a shoulder, but traffic is usually pretty light.
Valley viewmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:07 AM
Here's a short north looking to the San Fernando Valley.
Universal Studiosmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:08 AM
This is a shot looking down to Universal City and Universal Studios.
Downtown L.A. in the hazemickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:10 AM
That's the 101 freeway heading through Hollywood toward downtown in the distance.
Hollywood Signmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:11 AM
It needs no introduction.
Typical H'Wood Hills housesmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:12 AM
Just waiting for the next mudslide or earthquake.
Winding downmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:14 AM
Here's Mulholland winding down the hill toward its end at Cahuenga.
Ventura Boulevardmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:15 AM
The ride back on Ventura Boulevard isn't as scenic.
Like, fer suremickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:17 AM
The Sherman Oaks Galleria, which means I'm almost home. In its previous incarnation, this was the site of movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Valley Girl.
Back homemickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 10:18 AM
La Casa.
Thanks for the tour (nm)KenS
Dec 30, 2002 11:13 AM
Ah, those were the days!Asphalt Addict
Dec 30, 2002 12:05 PM
Great pics mickey-mac! Lived in Redondo from 88-92 and did all my rides around Palos Verdes to San Pedro and the strand to Santa Monica.
Ah, those were the days!mickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 2:49 PM
I used to live in Marina del Rey and did lots of riding through Redondo, PV, and Pedro. I was a regular on the Donut Ride for about 18 months. PV's nice, except for the Gestapo, aka the Palos Verdes Police Department.
Nice Casa, but doesn't look like CAKristin
Dec 30, 2002 4:13 PM
That looks like it belongs on the east coast somewhere. Can you even buy siding in California? One of the things about California that turned me off was all the stucco. Blah! I guess you just can't transplant a yankee.
Thanksmickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 6:22 PM
Actually, we've been approached by production companies a few times about using the house for exterior shots that are supposed to take place back east. It was built in '40 (ancient by So. Cal. standards) and the wood siding has held up very well. We don't have much stucco in our neighborhood.
re: Tour de Mulholland--Ride Reportmapei boy
Dec 30, 2002 11:34 AM
I do your route often. I sprint through the tunnel, praying nobody will mow me down. I've nicknamed the uphill that passes the Stephen Wise Temple "Schwitzbud," or Sweat Bath, because its south-facing slope can really heat up in a hurry. Measured on my inclinometer, it's a 9% climb. Once you're up on Mulholland, the ride is a real pleasure cruise. It's fun to look down on the valley, realizing that your legs have hoisted you up all those feet. One day we may cross paths. I'm the guy on the Mapei.
Nice Camera-Work!serbski
Dec 30, 2002 2:08 PM
I'm with "mapei boy" as I'm usually just hammering thru the Sepulveda tunnel, praying all the while, in an effort to get back into daylight and some vague sense of safety! Your ability to shoot such splendid photos while heading up Sepulveda and the "Blind Corner/Tunnel Death Zone" is most impressive.
Nice Camera-Work!mickey-mac
Dec 30, 2002 2:52 PM
You guys both have probably tried it, but if not you should do the Sunday LaGrange/Nichols Canyon Ride. It leaves from LaGrange and Westwood Boulevard at 8:00, heads east on Santa Monica Boulevard, and works its way up to Nichols Canyon. From Nichols, everyone grunts up to Mulholland and heads west toward Sepulveda Pass. The ride from the light at Hollywood Boulevard and Nichols Canyon was always the most painful part of my week: no rest for the weary, or the wicked.
Thanks for the pics! nmKen of Fresno
Dec 30, 2002 12:49 PM