Whittier Greenway Trail In Whittier Cardio Stress Test

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Whittier Greenway Trail in Whittier is drawing me like a magnet these days, I think in my quest to internalize the trail, to know every bump, every tree, every park, and every house, as well as many of the people I see as I glide along on my Xootr scooter.

My appetite was whetted after my conversation with bicyclist Patty last week, to see if I could ride the whole trail, down and back, about 9.7 miles round trip.

Whittier Greenway Trail In Whittier Cardio Stress Test
Whittier Greenway Trail In Whittier Cardio Stress Test

This will be my Whittier Greenway Trail cardio stress test, my training ride to see if I can do it as a senior citizen of an age where many of my contemporaries have opted for the rocking chair on the front porch.

To see if I can do it without keeling over!

Today’s perfect for the trip: overcast, not too hot, just starting to be OK for wearing long sleeves. The trip’s auspicious, in that as I drove past the trailhead on my way to nearby Guirado Park, out of the corner of my eye I saw two hikers stopped looking at a deer standing just a few yards down the trail.

So, off and rolling. More than the usual number of pedestrians on this day, and they all nod hello cordially, as do the bicyclists who ride past me.

It was easy enough to get to the southeast end of the trail, at Mills Avenue. 880 scoots. I stopped, had some water and an energy bar, then set out for the return trip.

It’s odd to tune in to the unique rhythms of each day’s experiences.

On this ride, at one intersection, there’s a lady in the passenger seat of a truck waving furiously I thought at me. Patty! The bicyclist I’d met on my last trip here.


I see this attractive young woman, wearing black exercise clothes, with long black hair, squatting for a moment beside the trail to adjust something. She stands up, and I see that she has a prosthetic leg on one side. An amputation just below the knee. I ride by, and say, “Bravo to you, young lady!” and she answers with a smile, “I’m doing the best I can!”

Two young ladies out for a walk with a child in a stroller.
Two young ladies out for a walk with a child in a stroller.

And then I see two young ladies out for a walk with a child in a stroller. I recognize them, they’d taken a photo of me for last week’s article. Amber and Joanne. They said they’d read my writings in andythousand.com.

OK, Now I have three readers. Patty; and Amber and Joanne. This is good.

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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