Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Out my back door.


There are days when I don't mind sharing the roadways with automobiles and then...

A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
there are days I just feel the need to go out in my back yard.

A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
If I take the short route I'm in the Angeles National Forest within three miles, the long way four or so miles.

A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
Nine miles of climbing and mostly car free roads I'm exploring old homesteads. My favorite rides are those with a purpose a destination in mind.

A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
Quite alone time is a cherished activity.

A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr
And solo rides allow me the luxury to be leisurely and soak in the beauty.

A photograph by Socalpedalpusher on Flickr

These days I prefer the roads out behind my house...

Flickr images here

Thanks for looking and keep the rubber side down

12 comments:

  1. Excellent post. Your excellent photos reminded me to vary the scale of my images. Your variation was delightful.

    I also resonated with your comment about having a destination in mind. I remember thinking to myself, "I'm going to ride 35 miles to that particular spot, sit down and savor a chunk of chocolate, and take a different route home" so it would not 'feel' like a purposeless 70 mile loop. Yep, I'm goofy like that.

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    1. Chris, you nailed it. I didn't feel like I needed to get chatty about it and happy you culled that point out. I have come to dislike the notion of a ride just for the sake of exercise. I guess Grant and folk like you are rubbing off.

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  2. Where is this It looks familiar.

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    1. The Western end, front side of the San Gabriel's. My Flickr set refers to the road Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Approximately 22 miles outside of Downtown Los Angeles.

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  3. I love those old, deserted places that seem to have been passed by.

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  4. Another classic sir. Much appreciated. I love the picture of the rock structure with your bike in the foreground and the fireplace in the background. It got me musing about who might have enjoyed the hearth and "dreamed the fire" there when the structure was viable.

    I know some of what you feel about the "backyard" with Gonzales Canyon so near to me.

    Special places.

    Thank you,

    Tom

    PS: Reading this lead me to find out more about Sunland-Tijunga history and then a research effort on the Tongva people. You never know what your writing will bring out. Interesting reads:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunland-Tujunga,_Los_Angeles
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongva_people
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juana_Maria

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  5. Tom thank you good friend . I appreciate the research and will I am sure enjoy the read. Thanks for getting the ball rolling on that front.

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  6. You might find this interesting...

    http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_City_Views%20(1925%20+)_Page_2.html

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