Suburbia Xootr Scooter Ride On Whittier Greenway Trail

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Today I opted for a suburbia Xootr scooter ride on the Whittier Greenway Trail, in Whittier, CA: Not the whole trail, not the whole 10 mile round trip today, but a good chunk of it to get familiar with the route.

How this suburbia Xootr scooter ride began

Riding the Xootr Scooter.
Riding the Xootr Scooter.

I started at Guarido Park on Pioneer Boulevard, and rode 3.2 miles, down to Greenleaf Avenue, and back. 6.3 miles round trip. 1,200 scoots. One hour riding time, It was easy enough, especially now that the blistering hot days of summer are passing.

Some day soon I’ll familiarize myself with the trail from the southeast end, and then do the whole deal to follow.
10 miles. That’d be a good ride. Like half of my City of Hope to Norwalk ride of a few years ago. A training ride, to prep me for another big one.

I think too that I’m trying to take full possession of my hands-on ownership of this trail, and the links to the nearby San Gabriel River Trail which I’d explored on my Xootr scooter through the Northwest Passage in recent weeks.

Today’s ride traversed a slice of affluent suburbia with comfortable looking homes, nothing in- your-face ostentatious, not a single house that seemed to need a new roof or a coat of paint, all with well-tended landscaping, no junk cars in back yards, and no tents of homeless people, although I passed a couple of likely suspects sitting off the edges of the trail, and one guy passed me by on his bike towing a cart of his worldly possessions.

There were some parks, too, with green grass and pine trees. Delightful!

As always, I felt a warm sense of communality giving nods as I passed pedestrians and joggers, and to the bicyclists who rode by me.

Suburbia Xootr scooter ride turnaround point.
Suburbia Xootr scooter ride turnaround point.

At my turnaround point, a bicyclist, Patty, stopped to answer my query about how much farther it was to the end of the trail.

We had an engaging conversation about the trail, my scooter, and this series of articles for I’m confident Patty will be at least one reader of this website. She promised.

At the end of the day, it has nothing to do with whether I have one reader or a hundred readers

Rather, it has to do with articulating for the Universe the joy I feel with the pleasure of each and every scooter ride, with gratitude for another day that my feet, my knees, my hips, and my balance can propel me on a delightful glide along the surface of our amazing Earth.

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Jonathan Kelley
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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