Unlike most of the general city citizenry who’ll be doing its collective best to get away from the autocalypse this weekend, I’m just too curious not to get on my bike and go for a looksee by riding up into the eye of that storm that is the Sepulveda Pass tomorrow morning (July 16).
If you’re partial to longer rides and interested in coming along, I’ve charted out what’s roughly a 47-mile route that will begin and end at the Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign at Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way in Silver Lake (here). In a nutshell it will involve heading upstream along the Los Angeles River Bikeway in to Burbank where we’ll then access the Chandler Bikeway to North Hollywood and then the Orange Line Bikeway to the Sepulveda Basin. After a sidetrip to marvel at the monochromatical Kafka-esque vastness of the Sepulveda Dam spillway, we’ll make the climb up to the top of the pass where we’ll pause to fathom the rareness of the entirely dried up Interstate and perhaps imagine in the marked silence that there might be a valley-bound zombie horde made up of UCLA students and reanimated corpses from the Los Angeles National Cemetery trudging toward us from Westwood.
Presuming I’m not the only one on the ride, If I’m feeling particularly talkative I might regale you with the tragic/triumphant connection I have to the Mullholland Bridge that makes me kinda sad to see it demolished.
We’ll then cruise downhill on Sepulveda to Santa Monica Boulevard and work our way eastward through the westside. Once at the Bicycle District I probably can’t help myself but stop at Scoops for a treat before rolling those last three miles back to Silver Lake.
Time: Saturday, July 16. Gather 9AM; Depart 9:30
Duration: I’d guess around six hours
Route Link: http://tinyurl.com/6khnsvc
Distance: 47 miles
Recommended Ride: A bike in good working order — preferably multi-geared
Pace: Expect a 12-15mph average speed; slower on the uphills, faster on the down.
Whatcha Mean Uphills?: The climb from Sherman Oaks up the Sepulveda Pass is about 3 miles in length with roughly a 600-foot elevation gain
Pit Stops: Minimal
Spokecards: Working on it
Poo On: The Getty Museum for being closed
And Yes: There will be handlebar cam timelapsing involved.
And No: We will not be attempting to ride on the freeway.