Having had the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring Watts Towers on Monday and view them from behind their closed and locked gates, I decided I wanted to go back for a more close encounter and do so by bike and thus something of a short-notice ‘tweener IAAL/MAF ride has been born. We’re calling it Invitational No. 3.5.
Riders will gather beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday February 25 for a noon departure from the Cornfield (aka Los Angeles State Historic Park at 1245 N. Spring Street) that will follow a simple southerly route down Central Avenue to 107th Street where Simon Rodia’s achievement stands so proudly and colorfully. Docent-led tours take place every half hour until 3 p.m. and cost $7. Afterward we’ll be biking back up Main Street to the Cornfield.
When asked once why he spent more than 30 years of his life on such a strange endeavor, Rodia said “I had in my mind to do something big and I did.” Boy did he. So whether you’ve never seen this remarkable monument to human spirit and creativity and craftsmanship or if it’s been too long since your last visit, this IAAL/MAF Invitational No. 3.5 will be a way not only to explore a true cultural jewel of Los Angeles but also offer a unique way of getting there, too.
More info here on the Midnight Ridazz website (info on doing a half-ride and getting back to downtown via the Blue Line after the jump).
The total distance for this ride is 21.5 miles — and it’s pretty level, dropping a couple hundred feet over the 10-11 mile distance from downtown to the Watts Towers and recovering that elevation coming back up to downtown.
But if 21.5 total miles is more than you want to roll but you’d still like to participate, consider doing the first half of the ride and then returning downtown via the Blue Line, which stops at 103rd Street, only a few blocks away. From the end of the Blue Line at the 7th Street station, you can board the Red Line to Union Station, which is only a short distance from the Cornfield. Bikes are allowed on all MTA trains at all times on weekends and fares are $1.25 per person per train.