Monday, February 04, 2008

Bicycle Diaries The 3rd - Year of Mouse-Milestone

Dragon is 2 years old. We’ve ridden over 6000 miles!!! Yehhhhh~ So, how far is 6000 miles? That’s like from LA-New York City-back-2-LA plus LA-San Diego-back-2-LA and still have some extra miles left.

Although the weekend weather wasn’t perfect, I was able to do a 33-mile ride on Saturday with my buddies Suzann and Khoa. We met at the Marina in Long Beach and traveled along PCH all the way to Huntington Beach.

It was a mostly flat road but had very busy traffic, high speed cars and trucks, surfers and beach goers. Interestingly, both the Long Beach and Huntington Beach sides look familiar to me, I later found out, I have been to those areas. When we did the San Gabriel River bike trail, it ends at the border of Long Beach/Seal Beach; on another training ride, we did a Santa Ana River bike trail ride, and that ends in Huntington Beach.

Another fun part of this ride was at one of the traffic lights, a car stopped next to us. It has a huge dog in it that looks like the Hollywood star “Beethoven.” He was funny enough to pose for a picture!

Didn’t ride on Sunday due to the rain. Instead I went to the temple (Dharma Seal Temple in Rosemead) and they’re just beginning their annual eight-day long New Year dharma function.

Speaking of Chinese New Year, the Year of Mouse/Rat is just around the corner. I will be leading a Year of RAT-to-do it Saddlebration Ride on this coming Saturday (Feb. 9th) from the Rose Bowl to Arcadia then to the San Gabriel Mission. 40 miles total, let me know if you’re interested in joining us.

If riding wasn’t your cup of tea but still want to enjoy some New Year fun, you can go to Chinatown or Monterey Park for their wonderful programs. In Chinatown, there will be Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday and Firecracker Run on Sunday, plus New Year Festival on both days. For more information, check out their websites or On the other hand, there will be Floral Street Fair in Monterey Park on both the 9th and 10th. Their website is

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