No need to keep anyone guessing - we have successfully finished both our second attempt at the 300 K and the 400 K, and we've now registered for the 600 K. Whew! With that out of the way, I'll back up a bit and fill in the blanks.
First, a few photos from the "one that got away." We attempted the 300 K Five Rivers brevet through LA and Orange County in early February. Here we are at the start - everyone "glowing" in their reflective gear.
|Russell Cammel and Steve Workman from our RWBTC cycling club with Roger before the start|
|River Number One: The Santa Ana, in one of the more scenic "restored" segments.|
|One of the nicer parts of the San Gabriel River Trail, on River Number Two|
|Steve in the rear-view mirror|
|"River" Number Three: The Rio Hondo|
The Rio Hondo, like most LA rivers, has been charted into channels like what you see below. In some cases, we're now breaking up the concrete, and attempting to return the river to some semblance of nature. I far prefer those portions, where it's possible to observe lots of birds and, even at 18 or 20 miles an hour, identify species. It gives me something to do as the miles churn by!
From the Rio Hondo, we connected to the Los Angeles River. How about that shot of the confluence of the Rio Hondo and Los Angeles Rivers!?
|I have to believe this could be thrilling to see in a heavy rainstorm, but otherwise -- not so much!|
We took the LA River Trail back out to the coast, and then headed south to Long Beach for the next control. In the meanwhile, nice views of the port and the Queen Mary.
|River Number Four: There actually is water in the LA River as you approach the coast.|
|Port of Long Beach|
|The Queen Mary|
Folks in the Mardi Gras parade seemed to be having a good time.
We had some trouble following the route slip around the highway interchange near Balboa, but eventually found the bike trail and road above the back bay. The sun was setting as we road above the bay - it was very pretty but I guess I didn't take any pictures. From this point in, the route was known to us. We just (just!) had to go back up the Peters Canyon Trail, head up Santiago, cross back over to the SART, and then retrace our steps to the start. But it was not to be.
|Along San Diego Creek, the Fifth and Final "River" of the route.|
We climbed up Santiago, and were there at the Chevron station where our group has stopped many times when Roger decided he was ready to quit. I had no problem with that decision, as I had been growing increasingly concerned about the descent that awaited us on the way back to the Santa Ana River Trail. I did not relish the thought of doing that with Roger being so out of it.
So, with help from our friend Steve, we were able to retrieve the car and head for home. We phoned in that we were abandoning so the organizer would not have to sit around until 2 am waiting to see if we arrived. No one came by to rip off our numbers, though! So at least we got that going for us.