Xootr scooter ride from Treasure Island Park in Downey upstream along the Rio Hondo bike trail to Washington Boulevard, and back. Almost 5 miles.
The Xootr scooter ride from Treasure Island Park
I’d ridden this bike path in the opposite direction the week before, south from Grant Rea Park in Montebello, but hadn’t made it all the way to Treasure Island because it was too far.
On that ride, I’d asked a young lady walking, dressed in black slacks and a black sweatshirt how much more to Treasure Island, and she’d told me at least a mile, which would have made a ride two miles longer than I’d planned for that day. So I did a U-ie then, and returned to Grant Rea Park.
A week later
After a week of rainy days plus jobs at home, I set out again, this time from Treasure Island Park, heading north, planning to thread the needle from the opposite end.
On this day, the trail seemed warmer, more accepting, and a better blend with the natural world. For a half mile north from Treasure Island, dense, lush grape vines cover the wall between the river and the bike trail, and I saw inviting looking park areas on the other side, plus neighborhoods of cozy looking homes.
Two mile long hairpin route
On this ride, I check out accesses to a two mile long curved hairpin route that starts at Washington Boulevard and arches like a protecting loop west of but not connected to Treasure Island Park.
I’d ridden this loop once before, starting above Washington Boulevard, and would have done it again on this day if I hadn’t discovered in a reconnoitre by car beforehand that the entire southern tip of the hairpin is tightly fenced off, possibly to prevent riparian homeless people from spilling into the adjacent neighborhood of pleasant suburban homes.
Return ride home
So, up to Washington Boulevard, then back to Treasure Island. On the return, about where I’d done the U-ie the week before, I see again the young lady walker in the black slacks and black sweatshirt.
“Didn’t I ask you last week how far it was from here to Treasure Island?” I say to her.
“Yes,” she answers with a warm smile. No face mask. No rubber gloves. We exchange a few words. She’s from El Salvador. Delmi. I tell her in Spanish that my wife is boricua, which means Puerto Rican.
It was such a pleasure to make contact with another human on this ride. A cordial greeting. Just like before.
It made me forget for a moment about Covid-19 and the quarantine, and no way to predict how it will all turn out.
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