Sunday, October 05, 2014

CicLAvia

WOW!!! Is the first word that comes to mind. I really didn't know what to expect!? Sure everyone talked about it, said how it was one of the funnest things to do out in L.A. But there is always that hype build up and when it comes time to act, it's a dud. Like last nights Eagle Rock Music Festival. Well, this event couldn't be compared. I'm talking about CicLAvia. This is the real deal folks. Serious FUN! I've been somewhat pumped about this ride since I have several buddies who do it every year. This year was my turn and it turned out to be an awesome first time experience. Regardless of the heat, 98 degrees in some areas, tons of people showed up and rode along the 10 mile course.

 

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Our rally point would be the Heritage Square train station in Lincoln Heights. My BMX buddy, Josh, shows up right on time with friends, relatives and an old childhood friend of mine, Duck! (Haven't seen this guy in years) Needless to say, we were all pumped for this. Especially the virgin Wink While at the train station we met Josie. Josie works for the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalation, and she was working at one of the booths. She was very informative and just as eager as we where. So the train arrives and all jump in, making our way to East Los Angeles, the civic center station. Our car wasn't loaded with riders and their bikes but we headed out early to avoid this. Once we arived we were at the welcome center and the ride began!!!!!

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Here's the Gold Line's train station chart. We started at Heritage Square and are making our way to the East Los Angeles Civic Center station. That is quite a distance.

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And VOILA, the starting point of CicLAvia. Well, the welcome wagon. 

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By the way, we all rode our vintage 1980's BMX bicycles. See if you can tell what these bad boys are??

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DJ Chambelan and his posse. This guy was playing Corridos through out the entire ride Hardcore!!

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This little guy had the best seat in the house. While riding, he was going crazy when he saw other dogs. Too funny.

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 Here is our buddy, Josie, being photo bombed by the Mil Mascaras Bicycle dude!!!

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Here's Alex treating himself to an Helado. It wasn't even hot!? Smile

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Along the course, one of the stops is the famous Mariachi Plaza station. This little area was PACKED!! There was even a Mariachi group playing and singing. This was by far the coolest stops we had. It doesn't get any better then this.

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HEY!!  Who's that guy!!?? Wink

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Look at that view ....... STUNNING!!!!

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The infamous 4th Street Bridge. This is the bridge that divides East Los Angeles with the Westside of L.A. This

 is also a great place for taking pictures of the surroundings.

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Now we are in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Here we are in Echo Park taking a break, and next to us was the lady making the hot dogs wrapped with Beacon! Surprised

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Tempting ....... but nah!

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In the end, this was something worth experiencing once. I could not believe how many people participated in this event. If you are ever in town visiting? Rent a bicycle and ride the course. If you live in Los Angeles, ride it! You won't be sorry.

 

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