September 13th's skate took us through midtown, up and over Sunset, past Silverlake, and down the LA River. We had a decent turnout, and with the exception of a mixed interdiction from the police was more or less uneventful. (First they told us to skate on the sidewalk, then in the bike lane, then to only take one traffic lane... i don't think they know where we're supposed to skate.)
The highlight of the skate was definitely the LA River Path in the moonlight. It's such a great thing to be able to enjoy the sounds of the gently falling river complimented by the whizzing of wheels as the soft moonlight brings out the subtle colors of night.
We totaled up almost 15 miles and we finished in a little under two hours. Travis came in from NoHo for the skate (woot!), and a few of us skated from my place in BH to downtown and back afterwards. Thanks skaters, hope we see you next week!
Tuesday, September the 6th was exceptionally warm, so much so that everyone mentioned it as we gathered at the start. We were a tight group, so we headed out for some virgin streets west of USC, into the area known as the West Adams district. In the earliest part of the 20th century this area was one of the city's richest, and we cruised many of the grand homes of the area, including the Rindge House where the family that owned Malibu in those days (that's right, owned, as in all of it) stayed when they had to venture into town.
We eventually cut north into mid-Wilshire and made our way back downtown via 11th. It was 13+ miles in just under 2 hours, and was judged an excellent flat&fast route. Definitely one to do again.
Good crowd this week. We made the trip out through Boyle Heights, Hazard, and wound up @ the Atlantic Station on the Gold Line. The guide took us offtrack for an unexpectedly adreanal downhill, which was nice. Otherwise, it was a basic good time, capped off with a few beers @ Senior Fish @ 1st & Alameda.
Next week, we're gonna take it out to the ball game!
This week we covered Pickletown, the river road, the Church of Money, the "vernacular" railroad and 2nd St.. It was a decent sized group, with one new skater, and we covered about 12 miles in 2 hours. W00t!
This week's skate took us up on top of the hill. We skated up to the east entrance off Broadway, rolled around the stadium, then did a loop around EchoPark Lake (closed!) before heading back.
There was much braking, and many wheels were made un-new.
This week we got our skate on east of downtown. We cruised over the river on 4th street, through the Utah Pass, and then out past the switching yards to Lincoln Park. No not that Linkin Park (which is in Santa Monica), this is the other one, right across the tracks from juevy, with yet another nice little lake and a bunch of locked bathrooms.
We wound up a small group, but since we were all strong street skaters, we decided to scout a new route, and we came up with the "SilverLake Skate". You can catch a map of the route here.
This skate takes in the LA River Path, a relaxing skate past Silverlake, a somewhat sketchy bit past the 110 freeway, followed by a basically downhill roll through Koreatown,
There was a decent turnout, including a couple of new skaters and a skateboard! Ian showed up with his deck, and hung with the inline crowd without suffering any noticable depreciation in his cool rating. We were impressed; he ate up the 17+ mile skate like starvin' dog at a cookout.
We had a decent turnout in spite of another week of chilly temps, and we wound up the night with another fine meal at Wurstküche. Cold beer is a better apres skate reward when it's warm out, but we did our duty nonetheless. (Please forgive the obligatory skating Xmas critter. It's the law.)
The order of the day was a big loop around
The 2nd of our new "Rail Skates" was a killa-good time. I hope we didn't scare anybody off with the long route, but it was super nice and surely something we'll do again in the future. We had a matched crew of skilled skaters last night, and managed to cover the whole 17 miles in less than two hours. This is in spite of the slack that we were keeping a leisurely pace and stopping every mile or two. We capped the night with a some late-night grub at Señior Fish; barley-based rehydration combined with post-execise carbo-loading! Good times, baby, good times.
- Bring shoes or thick socks!
- Bring $1.50
- Lights are a (really) good idea but not required
- Spread the word
- We skate @ 8!
- 2nd & San Pedro
This route will probably be fresh pavement for most of you, and, if you've never had a reason to ride the entire LA Metro Red Line, you will this time. There's a map and other skatey info after the jump (permalink - http://jennix.com/-/19 )
Last night's skate was a bit of a trek, ranging all the way down to USC. In spite of the nippy conditions (55º at start, brrr!) we managed to work up a decent sweat, sticking mainly to the long, flat and smooth options available in downtown LA. We wound up the night at Villian's Tavern, one of our favorite skate-friendly purveyors of adult beverages.
What beer pairs best with free tacos?
Jack in the Box® restaurants aims to change the date's obscurity and make November 16 the most memorable day of 2010 by giving away TWO free tacos that day to every guest who wants them. The give-away is from 2:00 p.m. until Midnight and no purchase is necessary. Unfortunately, there is a limit of two free tacos per guest.
The skate for 11/2/2010 was warm and fine, with the crew covering a slightly unusual route. We ranged from 10th & Pico in the south to Broadway & 20th on the north, covering Chinatown, downtown and the fashion district.
We were also able to convince Daniel to try out the magic, self-washing public toilet by Pershing Square. His report was, "It was nice." Thanks, Daniel, we always learn a lot from your investigations.
We closed out the night with a scrubbed run into Elysian Park (dark and uphill), then went to Senior Fish on 1st St. to wash away the thirsty. Garlic fries and cheap eats go good with cheap PBR's. See you next week!
For September we tried something a little new as our little group set descended on the LA Metro, rode in our sock feet to Hollywood and then skated back to Downtown. It was quite interesting to see the gang trying to figure out the system. Reading the instructions and buying tickets was interesting to watch, as was watching the fellahs try to figure out how to activate the turnstiles. I think we had a few folks on the metro train for their first trip ever.
We know that Don from DC hadn't been on the train before. He dropped in to skate with us while he was in town on business, and we did enjoy his company. Come on back anytime.
We started with a photo-shoot on top of one of the Little Tokyo garages. Dario broke out the pro gear and snapped a bunch of shots, not so much to record us for posterity as to kind of test the waters. It's a tricky thing, getting a good shot of skaters. If I see any product from him, I'll post it here somewhere.
Joel took us across the Colorado St. Bridge (not too scary! :) down to and around the Rose Bowl (nice hills!) and up to the Gamble House.
Our little route took about 90 minutes, and we only found one place where we were unwelcome (a city park, go figure). We started right on time, and by 10:15 skaters were boarding trains and heading home.
The Traveling Night Skate for July 2010 is in Pasadena! Do you know Pasadena? You will after you see it on skates :) Famous for parades, roses and being the gateway to the San Gabriel mountains, you'll probably see none of that crap on this skate.
We got a phat turnout this week, and we cut a line up to Hollyweird from downtown. There was some time killed while we waited on the belated, and we got a chance to skate the new 2 mile bike lanes/road diet the LA DOT put on 7th Street. (Very nice indeed, DOT-folks, we'd like to see that done more.)
One new skater (hey Jose!) and a train-ride back to downtown. Not a bad week for @thenightskate !