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Urban Assault - Thanksgiving Ride(41 posts)

Urban Assault - Thanksgiving Ridemickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 10:48 AM
I figured even Downtown LA will be quiet on Thanksgiving morning, I headed there. Normally, I keep away from downtown. It's not a great place to ride, plus I already spend five days a week there.

Here's the start on Riverside Drive. It's straight and boring, but the nice wide bike lane makes for a good place to warm up.
Nov 27, 2003 10:50 AM
An original Bob's Big Boy, this one in Toluca Lake.
(Sigh) Blue sky. Palm trees. Enough already. nmRoyGBiv
Nov 27, 2003 10:53 AM
...the oldest surviving Bob's in the universe (nm)The Walrus
Nov 27, 2003 5:45 PM
Home of Wacko, Yacko, and Dotmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 10:52 AM
The Warner Bros. water tower. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up too well in the early morning light.
Mt. Hollywood aka Trash Truck Hillmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 10:56 AM
This is a road leading to a city landfill in Griffith Park. With the lack of car traffic, it's popular with cyclists and runners.
If you can call it a roadmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:01 AM
Once you pass the landfill, the "road" is not maintained. The climb is fine. The descent can be a little nerve-rattling.
The view from the top (almost)mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:04 AM
This is looking toward the Verdugo Hills-Burbank and Glendale.
Almost took the same picture this morning, not from same placePeterRider
Nov 27, 2003 1:56 PM
I was riding in the hills close to the rose bowl, in La Canada, this morning. Will post pictures later...

Nov 27, 2003 11:07 AM
This is a shot at Griffith Park's Traveltown. Kids (and adults) can crawl around inside the old trains and ride a little train that goes around Traveltown.
LA Live Steamersmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:13 AM
This set-up is near Traveltown but not part of it. It's run by a private group of train afficianados. They open the place from 11-3 every Sunday for free rides. I took my kids a few weeks ago. About an hour after we left, one of the trains "derailed." Actually, it just sort of fell over when a couple of people leaned too far in the same direction.
A favorite place--I met Walt Disney here back in '65...The Walrus
Nov 27, 2003 5:51 PM
...up to that instant, I was never fully convinced that he really existed. He donated a lot of the original equipment to the club, and popped in from time to time. The only real drag about this place is that they almost never have any of the steamers running when the public is there, just the "diesels"....
Back in the saddlemickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:18 AM
Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
Ole, Ole, Ole for Mulholland!mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:20 AM
William Mulholland Memorial Fountain at Los Feliz.
Frank Black? (nm)PseuZQ
Nov 27, 2003 1:23 PM
Yep, with the Pixies (nm)mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 1:56 PM
THE END IS COMING!!!Lazywriter
Nov 27, 2003 5:02 PM
Mickey-Mac Schweenie actually listens to my favorite band. Oh how I miss the mighty Pixies.
THE END IS HERE!mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 5:31 PM
Not only listen to them, I saw them live. I'd probably put it in the top ten of all live shows I've seen. Anyone who likes the Pixies can't be all bad. You're close, but you can't be all bad. ;-) Happy Thanksgiving.
Three Pixie fans in one place at one time - who'dathunk? nmterry b
Nov 27, 2003 5:54 PM
And they are back together working on a new album.....scrublover
Nov 27, 2003 9:01 PM
so I heard a few weeks ago. I've seen a few things on the web 'bout it, too.

Oh, I guess I make four.
Downtown in the distancemickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:21 AM
From the Silverlake area.
Downtown: the Walt Disney Concert Hallmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:23 AM
It just opened a few weeks ago after years of debate and planning.
i love this building! nmcolker1
Nov 27, 2003 11:55 AM
Awesome shot nmRoyGBiv
Nov 27, 2003 4:05 PM
Thanks, butmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 5:33 PM
I think Disney Hall is one of those buildings that makes almost anyone seem like a good photographer. You just point a camera in its general direction, hit the button, and you're likely to end up with a good shot.
Griffith Observatorymickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:25 AM
is getting a facelift.
Griffith Observatory4bykn
Nov 28, 2003 5:30 AM
That looks familiar...maybe from
i Rebel Without a Cause.
Enjoyed your photo essay, now I have dsl I can see all the photos! Long live high-speed connections.
Yawn--another movie studiomickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:28 AM
Universal Studios and Universal City Walk. City Walk is one of those attempts at an instant community gathering place.
Talk to the hand (the end)mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 11:33 AM
Demonstrating that you can fight city hall and win (as long as it involves something trivial), this carwash owner got to keep his oversized hand on the premises despite zoning regulations. Yipee!
Talk to the hand (the end)tmotz
Nov 27, 2003 1:31 PM
Its raining and cold here in Toledo,just not fair.
All I feel like doing is hiding under a blanket in front of the tv.
so cool, nice ride gorgeous day beautiful pics...lucky dude! nmrwbadley
Nov 27, 2003 5:23 PM
Thanks, Ronmickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 5:37 PM
Coming from someone who has posted ride reports of the quality of yours, that means something. Our scenery doesn't match the mountains around Reno, but we make due with what we've got.

P.S. I should have learned my lesson on rot-gut whiskey as a teen, but it took a while. I'm sure he'll be fine.
re: Urban Assault - Thanksgiving Rideil sogno
Nov 27, 2003 6:42 PM
Fine Pictures. Apart from your assault on downtown (what was your route from the Mulholland Fountain to Disney Hall?), your ride looks oh so familiar. I work at Warner Bros and do your Griffith Park leg at least three times a week, weather and work permitting. I bypass Trash Truck Hill when I'm aboard the rubber-pedaled Gentleman's Bike I keep at the office, but when I bring my Colnago to work I love climbing the thing.

As for my ride this morning, it was, err, a turkey. I was happily climbing Sepulveda on the way to Mulholland when I got a flat. I installed my spare tube only to have the valve stem shear off. I ended up calling a cab. As I loaded my bike into the back seat of the taxi, I half expected the cabbie to ceremonially rip racing numbers off my jersey.
Downtown routemickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 7:15 PM
From the fountain, I took Riverside Drive to Glendale Boulevard. I turned right on Glendale and took it past Echo Park (picture attached), turing left on Temple. I then went right on Grand, ending up at Disney Hall at First and Grand. Sorry to hear about your morning ride. Fortunately, I haven't been forced to cab home for years (knock on wood).
Hey Mickey-Mact-moore
Nov 27, 2003 7:59 PM
It looks like we cover some of the same ground. What type of bike do you ride, so I can keep an eye for you....Tim
Blue Strong w/Chorus 10mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 8:30 PM
Here it is. And for all you wannabe critics, the reflector is on the wood post, not the rear wheel. ;-)
Deja vu, it looks alot like my DS! Nice bike mickey....nmrwbadley
Nov 27, 2003 10:32 PM
What about the pink reflector up front?divve
Nov 28, 2003 6:28 AM
Thanks for the pics - interesting scenery especially to Europeans:)
Nice report mickey ...Live Steam
Nov 27, 2003 7:18 PM
Thanks, especially for the train shots :O) The Disney Concert Hall is a neat sculpture as well as a functional building. What else would you expect from Frank Ghery :O)
Nice report mickey ...mickey-mac
Nov 27, 2003 8:36 PM
Thanks, I had to include Live Steamers for your benefit. It's too bad they weren't running today. However, as Walrus said, they're usually running diesels only. It's fun stuff anyhow, especially with the kids in tow.
Ahhh I remenber the Valley! I thought of doingOwenMeany
Nov 29, 2003 6:57 AM
that ride report for a while before I left....thanks, Mike.