It was, of course, dark outside, but I wanted to travel in the dark to avoid traffic, and I especially wanted to get through downtown Los Angeles, which was 10 miles away, in the quieter hours of the morning. I took Venice Boulevard all the way into downtown, then turned left on Main Street. I took Main Street all the way to Cesar Chavez Blvd, then turned left and went down to Mission, less than a mile. On Mission I turned left and took a bike lane all the way to Valley Blvd and turned right.
|Nearing the top of the big hill.|
After the big hill I rode the rest of the way in with little to no difficulty. I arrived at my host's house at 8:25 A.M. I was having a bit of an asthma attack for a little while. I only gained 500 feet in altitude, but I don't think I had quite recovered from the stress of that first hill on Venice.
This host is a long-time friend, Priscilla, and her husband, Richard. They live in a little complex of houses/single apartments that were built by her landlady's father in the 1950's. Her landlady is also a mutual friend as we all used to attend the same church in Santa Monica.
One of the apartment units is empty because it needs a lot of work that she can't afford to do at the moment, Right now just two cats are living there, and she offered me the apartment rent-free for a few months (or longer) plus work (not remodeling work but work for her). Well, part of this trip is being open to new possibilities. The Lord knows that I lost a lot of $$$ with the British fiasco. I needed some time to recover. Maybe now I will have some time.
|A second birthday celebration|
I will continue my journey soon.