IAAL‚Ä¢MAF Ready To “Take Back The Observatory”


The Griffith Observatory has finally emerged from its $93-million makeover and after a four-year wait space is now once again available to all Angelites. To support and enjoy the cherished landmark’s return to the public domain and to hell with those stinkin’ eight-dollar shuttles, the ruthless and legendary IAAL‚Ä¢MAF bike consortium has locked down the second in our dead sexy and occasional series of invitational rides — this one getting us up, up, and away with a roll through the wild and darkside of Griffith Park to explore and reclaim the observatory.

DATE: Thugsday, November 16
TIME: Gather at 6:30 p.m.; Ride at 7 p.m.
STARTS & ENDS: Crystal Street at Fletcher in Atwater Village (map)
HOW FAR: 15.5 miles (route)

Valiant attempts to acquire a bulk number of those blasted reservations are being made. All you have to do is show up and enjoy this unique excursion! But do be warned, this spaceshot ain’t for the faint of heart or leg. There’s a 1,000-foot elevation gain between miles five and nine so it’s recommended you either have the stem strength to power a single-gear through it, or bring yourself a multi-geared steed. It’s also gonna be chillier than the crab nebula and darker than a blackhole so pack whatever outer layering you require and if you have lights, bring ’em. If you don’t have lights, get ’em. In addition, the route will be passing directly by the park’s recently vaunted haunted picnic table so bring with you hope that its demons are lurking elsewhere that night on your way through to get some of the final frontier.

Sound like your kind of adventure? Damn right it is. T-minus 13 days and counting until lift off.

4 thoughts on “IAAL‚Ä¢MAF Ready To “Take Back The Observatory””

  1. are you sure you can get to the observatory that way? i thought that the other roads were closed and you had do come in at either vermont or western.

  2. Absolutely, Slappin. A couple of us IAAL types scouted it out the whole route on Wednesday and got through no problem.

    The closures are mainly in effect to prevent vehicular traffic but Mt. Hollywood Drive is open to cyclists and hikers. Even those freaky enough to traverse it after dark.

  3. Thanks Will,
    I had a great time tonight and look forward to going on fututre rides with you guys. Please add me to the mailing list.

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