Some of my favorite Xootr scooter rides here in Los Angeles are along segments of the San Gabriel River Trail, a smoothly paved bicycle path that runs 38 miles from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains down to the ocean.

Seeing the big picture of scooter rides along two rivers in Los Angeles, California

In the big picture, LA has two river systems, the Los Angeles River, that starts in Northridge northwest of downtown LA, and empties into the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, and the San Gabriel River on the east side of LA, flowing to the Pacific in Seal Beach, only six miles east of Long Beach.

Our two rivers in Los Angeles resemble for me the Tigris and Euphrates, the course of which defined the cradle of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia.

Although the geographic size scale differs ten fold, I think of our LA rivers as similarly delineating the essence of modern American culture, the bright lights, the neon, the movie industry, TV, fashion, art, architecture, Melrose Avenue, the Rose Parade, Watts, Beverly Hills, Muscle Beach, Rodeo Drive, the Farmers Market at 3d and Fairfax, the clothing district, and much much more.

All the glitz and glitter

LA is one of the places where it’s happening in the USA in 2020. Riding my Xootr scooter on the trails along these two rivers that shape this hip metropolis make me a living breathing part of the scene. Hands on. Owning it all.

You folks out there who are thinking about getting a scooter… Come on along with me on any of my rides. You’d like it. Truth to tell, I have two Xootr Mg scooters, so if you’re serious about giving it a try, call me, and I could bring my second scooter for you.

The Xootr Mg’s a smooth baby to ride: sleek, plenty of foot room, easy to steer, a real joy. Am I crazy?

I mean, this is just a kid’s toy, but I imagine it to be as if I were driving a Rolls Royce. If you think that’s dotty for an 80 year old guy, that’s your problem, not mine. Come with me!

Don’t forget to check out Jonathan’s website at JonathanKelley.net.

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Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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