Wolfpack Hustle: Midnight Drag Race _ 6th St. Bridge, Downtown LA

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The annual Wolfpack Hustle Midnight Drag Race took a break from its location in the 2nd Street Tunnel, and set up the 1,000 feet sprint race on the historic 6th St. Bridge.  Coincidentally enough, the 1932 bridge is in the midst of a replacement project, slated to tear down the existing bridge and rebuild a new span crossing the LA River, train tracks, 101 freeway and 5 freeway.  Plans call for the demolition to start October 2014.  Which means this is the 2nd to last possible drag race to take place on the current 6th St. Bridge.

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The central steel arch segment over the LA River.  This is the portion of the bridge which pivots a bit to the south, giving the current bridge a non-linear, elbow-like trajectory.

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Don Ward.

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The Freeway.

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The Train Tracks.

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The River.

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Good buddies Susannah Lowber and Melody Brocious, competing in the drag race.

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Matt Irwin.

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LACBC Photo Shoot _ Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition needed some stylish cyclists for some promotional photos.  So obviously, I answered their call, along with the Bodacious Bike Babes.  We spent a Saturday morning biking through Downtown LA and Echo Park in our bests, including our shoes!

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Bike Train-ing in Anchorage, Alaska.
University of Alaska -> Downtown Anchorage.  Along the Chester Creek Trail.

Bike Train-ing in Anchorage, Alaska.

University of Alaska -> Downtown Anchorage.  Along the Chester Creek Trail.

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Anchorage, Alaska

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During my week trip to Anchorage, Alaska to visit my brother, I was given the best gift any tourist can ask for: a bike.  This was invaluable to me particularly exploring Anchorage, not just because of the sprawl of the city, but also because Anchorage boasts some of the most beautiful, lush, and extensive urban bike trails that link the city together.  So on a Wednesday morning, I took my trusty mountain bike and headed out to explore Alaska’s most populous city of 298,610 - more than 40% of Alaska’s entire population!

First route: University of Alaska to Downtown Anchorage via the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail with Byron.

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Downtown Anchorage

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Second Route: The 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Bicycle Trail, running from Downtown Anchorage south to Kincaid Park.  A Sweet Ride USA sighting.

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Kincaid Park

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The long summer days prove to promote one great thing in Anchorage: after work BBQs.  Byron’s colleagues at the Department of Law all gathered at a coworker’s house in the Turnagain neighborhood of Anchorage to enjoy home-brewed beer, an unhappy dog, and the never ending sunlight filled days of summer - all on a weeknight.

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Breck & Jenn, Alaska’s Environmental Law department.

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11pm_ Cook Inlet along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

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Westchester Lagoon

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Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Bike Trail

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Sister Alice Marie: “I believe that we all have a guardian angel. You have to believe it. And nuns don’t lie. At least not this one.” 
10th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles _ Central City West, Los Angeles

Sister Alice Marie: “I believe that we all have a guardian angel. You have to believe it. And nuns don’t lie. At least not this one.”

10th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles _ Central City West, Los Angeles

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Impromptu Bike Ride _ Venice Beach, CA

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Just another sunny Sunday in Los Angeles, with an impromptu bike ride to Venice Beach.  But first, Westminster Ave.

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Zelda’s Corner - fresh, hot, mini donuts

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Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Abbot’s Pizza.

I Love L.A.! (We love it!)  w/ Steve, Alexis, Andrea, Nat, Dario, Zach, & Susannah.

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The Marathon Crash Race

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The annual Los Angeles Marathon is the only time of year when 26-miles of continuous LA streets are closed off to cars - from the East to the Beach.  In recent years, an unofficial cycling race, led by Wolfpack Hustle, has taken over pre-dawn marathon course, hours before any runners have even started the race.  Police officially close off the streets to vehicles at 4:30AM.  That’s when it begins.    

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I have been yearning to do the race for the past 2 years.  The first year, rain thwarted my plans.  And last year, I chauffeured my parents around who had come into town to watch my brother, Byron, run the marathon.  This year, I joined the Echo Park Bike Posse & Bodacious Bike Babes in racing from Echo Park, through Downtown LA, and west out to Santa Monica, all before sunrise.

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First Street & Grand Ave. _ Downtown LA

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Glendale Blvd. & Echo Park Lake _ Echo Park

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The Pantages Theater _ Hollywood

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The Bennetts _ Santa Monica

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Venice Bike Trail _ Venice Beach

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The secret garden after-party @ Nathan’s.

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Happy Birthday, Scott _ Malibu Creek State Park

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Surprise birthday hike in Malibu Creek State Park for good buddy, Scott Goldberg.  Haven never gone up Malibu Canyon Road, I took it as an opportunity to do a nice bike ride into the Santa Monica Mountains.  Adventure buddy Megan Costello joined me as we biked from Pepperdine University to the park.

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Malibu Hindu Temple _ Calabasas.  Who knew?

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Mulholland Highway & Las Virgenes Road Fruit Stand.

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Not only did friends of Scott come out to surprise him, but also his family - from Kansas City.

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Birthday lunch @ Cha Cha Chicken _ Santa Monica.  Happy Birthday, Scott!

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Death Valley Camping _ Death Valley National Park, CA

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Off to a great start of our camping trip to Death Valley National Park.  Our rental 8-seat Suburban wasn’t ready at Enterprise, so we ended up having a dance party in my room.  Little did the passengers know, our trip was doomed from the beginning.

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Shoshone Village Campground & Hot Springs Pool.

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Badwater Basin - the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level.

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Golden Canyon Trail

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Titus Canyon.

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Leadfield _ a mining ghost town in Titus Canyon.

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Mesquite Campgrounds.  Overnight, I got extreme food poisoning, most likely from the ham & cheese pita which I bought from the refrigerated section of the Furnace Creek General Store.  Never forget.  Fortunately, Katie Brooke Bennett drove me directly home from Mesquite Springs.  But not before cheering on the cycling friends.

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Ubehebe Crater.

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Food poisoning was a blessing in disguise.  The Suburban ended up getting 2 flat tires in Death Valley after I left.   True story.

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The Passage Ride _ Second Nature

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"Boy, oh boy, do humans like to wrangle nature. We chop it, extract it from the ground, refine it, move it, dam it, shape it, smack it up, flip it, rub it down, just generally bend it to our will in every which way we can. Yeah. Do we ever.

And from this we get cities. We get food. We get transportation. We get the computers that this is message is being composed upon and will be read. We get, in short, civilization. Cool.

Yet we also get an environment that is radically altered and perhaps irreparably damaged. We get smog and “superstorms.” We get wars for oil. Blech!

This week on the ride we investigate a couple of the city’s nature stories. And because this is Los Angeles, they are both bold and uncanny, beautiful and perhaps wrong.”

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Amir’s Garden _ Griffith Park.  Even Huell Howser did a tour of this hidden corner of the largest urban american park. 

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Universal City Red Line Metro Stop, before heading south on Cahuenga Blvd. West.

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