Oh The Places You'll Go
Blogger: Nicholas Yeh
That day, I had finished class early and really wanted to see how long it would take to get to Pasadena from Oxy. Sadly, I failed to realize that Colorado Blvd is basically hill after hill after hill. SO what I initially thought would be a 10-15 minute ride turned out to be a 30-45 minute ride. One thing that was funny happened when I was about to cross the beautiful bridge into Old Town, I was pulled over by the cops. Not for speeding or for intoxication, but merely because the UCLA Football game was going through with 4 tour buses heading towards the Rose Bowl.
Anyways, I did get some amazing pictures and had a great burger in Old Town. Ironically, my ride back from Old Town, did take only 10-15 minutes, and the downhill was just so much fun.
Now onto my crazy bike ride to Santa Monica. So, me being the first year with absolutely no knowledge of the geography of LA, believed someone when they said, it was possible to bike from Oxy to Santa Monica Pier in 30 minutes.
I thought, “Hey, maybe if it was a straight shot, it would be possible.” Boy was I wrong. It took me 3 hours and 47 minutes to bike 27 miles down to Santa Monica. I had hoped that the route that Google Maps had prescribed would take me through LA, where I could at least see some cool stuff. Sadly, I was led through suburban neighborhood after suburban neighborhood.
It was kinda boring, and when I finally got there, I was pooped. It’s not an easy ride. There were plenty of hills and parts where there were no bike paths, and just on open road. It’s something that I can say I did though: I biked from Oxy to Santa Monica. (You should know though, that I took a bus back, from Santa Monica to Little Tokyo and then proceeded to bike back).
LA is pretty cool. I’ve had chances to bike downtown and back, as well as to Glendale, and I have to say it’s a really diverse city. It’s far too big to explore on a bike, but with a bit of ingenuity, and a combination of the Metro system and the Bus, you can go quite far.