A Perfect Scooter Ride With Perfect Weather

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On a Sunday morning, my friend Jorge and his son Chris and I enjoyed a perfect scooter ride From Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia, CA, to Lashbrook Park in El Monte, on the Rio Hondo Bike Path.

A perfect scooter ride of 8 miles round trip

8 mile round trip on a Xootr Mg scooter!
8 mile round trip on a Xootr Mg scooter!

Usually we do a one hour six mile ride, with a turnaround at Fletcher Park. The weather was so good on this day that we extended the ride to Lashbrook Park, for an eight miles round trip.

At the turnaround point

At our turnaround point in Lashbrook Park we sat at a shaded table for water and energy bars.

I have memories of interactions with gang guys and homeless people at this park on this trail. Wishing them all a good morning, and always receiving cordial waves back. One time observing a drug deal happening between three or four guys standing a few yards off the trail.

Jorge pointed out a home just over the wall from where we sat at Lashbrook Park, with every window on this side of the house covered with impenetrable steel bars of one sort or another. Hard to make one’s escape in the event of a fire!

The electric powered scooter

Chris rode his electric powered scooter, same as when we three had ridden at the San Gabriel River Basin a few weeks ago. Chris left us behind at the outset, powering along at 12 mph in contrast to our foot-powered speed of 6.5 mph.

That scary, possible, out-of-control downhill run

Jorge and I did pretty well considering that we stopped a few times to track where Chris was, and we also slowed down to traverse two underpasses where one can rattle along at 15 mph on the downhill side, hanging on tightly to roughly vibrating handle bars on the Xootr scooter, It isn’t worth a possibly fall on these out-of-control downhill runs.

Live to fight another day!

Easier to brake on the downhill, and walk up the other side.
To live to fight another day!

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

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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
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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