It was also the perfect day to walk 18.5 miles in preparation for The Big Walk down Western Ave. on October 18. (That’s less than two weeks away!)
I’m really looking forward to it for many reasons, the main one being that walking for hours and hours gets awfully lonely, even with an ipod stuffed full of podcasts and music.
I saw a few interesting things along my walk yesterday, though no mysterious doors in the ground like last time. Mostly it was just a gorgeous day to be out.
Here was my route. I called it the Marina Loop.
On Pico at Centinela, there is this Rib joint. I’ve never eaten there, but what intrigues me is that I believe it was an old “shape the building like the food” restaurant from days gone by. The Chili Bowl? I feel like I saw it in a book once. Anyone? (It doesn’t say anything about the building itself on the Mr. Cecil website.)
A bit further down on Pico is Rae’s. Classic diner. Old Skool. Awesome signage.
I hit the ocean and walked from Pico to Washington Blvd. along the bike/ped path. The Venice vendors were just getting going, the tourists were gawking, the musclemen pumping, the incense blowing. The thing I saw that surprised me most was a chicken, clearly a pet chicken, hanging out by someone’s pile of waiting-to-be-set-up stuff.
I hit the marina and stopped to pay homage to a place I spent most early mornings for four years. The LMU boathouse. This boathouse is not the original one my teammates and I launched from. That one sank about nine years ago. This is the rebuilt, more modern version, but its in the same spot. I got phantom callous syndrome on my hands just standing there.
I walked down the jetty and across the Ballona Creek bridge. This brought back more crew memories as we would practice and have races here. View from the bridge/starting line toward the finish line (the other bridge). I’m proud to say we won a few races here…
Crossed the bridge to Playa Del Rey and stopped to adjust my blister management system. It was nice to sit for a few minutes. Then I walked up Culver Blvd. This I don’t recommend from Playa as there is not a very good shoulder from Playa to the 90 freeway. Once past the 90 though, there is this gorgeous walking/biking parkway for two miles:
I’m pretty sure it used to be train tracks. It was a lovely two mile break from sidewalks. The Goodyear Blimp even gave me a fly by.
Then it was up Overland and home for a much needed stretch and shower.
I hope as many of you as possible can join Will and me on the 18th!