Is that a patch of blue up in the sky? Aosty and I jump on the bikes as the green, red, and yellow blobs that have been lighting up the weather radar screen for the last 2 days finally disappear. Not sure where to go at first, or how long the window might last, we decide to ride to the trailhead and play it by ear. From the front door, it's about 4 miles or so through the streets of LA to the Santa Monica Mountains. Usually I hate riding in LA traffic but today it is so great just to be out and on the bike that I enjoy even riding on the street.
Here's a drainage canal, near Mandeville and Sunset. Notice that not only is it full of water, but Al is pointing at some mini surges (tsunami!) rippling down at a much faster velocity than the rest of the water. I think this is where the water from Sullivan canyon must end up.
We head over to, what else, Sullivan Ridge. We figure the fireroad won't be too messed up despite the storms, and we are right. Other than some tiny slides, and one tree across the fireroad, it looks great. You can really hear the water rushing in the canyon streams, even way high up on the top of the ridge, and there is plenty of water draining on the pavement. The sun comes out and we are actually feeling warm.
Ugh grunty climb. Steeper than it looks. No idea how Al can shoot and climb this at the same time.
A slump in the fireroad on the second steep part of the ridge.
Up up up we go to the top where it intersects with Mulholland. The sun that warmed us on the climb goes into hiding again so we take off back down the way we came.
Nice scenery on the way back down. Here you are looking up at Westridge fireroad.
We can still hear the rushing of water. Then much to our surprise, we notice something you just don't see on Westridge that often - waterfalls!
Here's a detail of the previous shot. Notice also what looks to be a good sized muck slide with a creek running down it to the left of the waterfall.
View up along Sullivan Canyon. The trees have leaves again!
So that's how we got in 25 miles of a nice ride today, even if it was just fireroad and in between the raindrops. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.
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