First Ride: Up To Griffith Observatory

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The Year of Alternate Plans continues!

After yesterday’s “I don’t have clothes for a cold and windy ride” cancellation, I bought some fancy arm warmers to be ready for the elements- so naturally today was warm and sunny. I wore my Hawaiian Shirt jersey to celebrate. I only had about 90 minutes to ride, so I did a quick (for me) ride up to Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory Fun Facts!

Griffith Observatory is in the middle of Griffith Park. The land was donated by Griffith J. Griffith, who later shot his wife in the face. This did not make him popular. When he later tried to donate money for the Observatory and the Greek Theatre, the city said “Uh, no thanks!” But they eventually took the money when Griffith graciously died of liver disease so they could accept it without thanking him.

Griffith Observatory is in a lot of movies. It’s the first place the T-800 (The Arnold model) shows up in The Terminator. It’s where James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo wind up in Rebel Without A Cause. It’s where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone save jazz in La La Land. It’s even been on Star Trek. Well, Star Trek: Voyager- that still counts! A partial list of movies and shows with that feature the Observatory.

Another “fun fact”: Parking at the Observatory (as of October of 2020) is FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. Park at the bottom and get a bonus hike for free!

Today’s ride:

Okay, TOMORROW the riding starts!

I planned to start riding today: I figured out a nice route and made sure the bike was ready so I could jump on it right after work.

Then this morning the wind showed up.

Riding in the wind, especially cold wind, is hard. Worse than hills, worse than rain. Still, I would have gone if I had the right clothing; long sleeves would have been enough. However, it turns out that losing a bunch of weight means your warm clothes that used to be just a little too snug are now oversized to the point of being non-functional.

So: alternate plan (this is a year of alternate plans): avoid the wind, order some warmer cycling clothes (REI will have them ready for pickup today!), and make bake some bread.

And if I can’t pick up clothes today: a ride on the indoor trainer tomorrow!