I started at the same Rio Hondo trail head at the Arcadia Golf Course as I usually do. But this time because I was doing a shorter ride, I decided to take a completely different route.
I found this mountain community that was only connected to the rest of the world through two bridges. I wondered how they would survive if both bridges were down.
The weather was beautiful and once again I was thankful to be outside breathing clean air and being able to work my heart, lungs and legs.
I often wonder how much damage all the years of smoking did to my lungs. There were times before I started all this Zone 2 stuff when I felt like I might not ever be able to exercise without losing and struggling to recover my breath.
Now I feel like I can go much farther than I ever imagined I could just three months ago.
I had several people pass me and even though I was tempted to pace them, I stayed in my zone. Even when I got passed by a couple ladies who looked at me as if to say, "Hey guy, why so slow?"
I definitely will return to this trail.
At one point, I was riding parallel to the 210 freeway.
When it was all done, I was happy and hungry, so I packed up the bike and headed back to Burbank.
Final distance 31.33 miles. Calories burned 1,489. Until tomorrow my friends.