Mar 1, 2012

Distance today = 59.92 km; Total distance = 2798.32 km; Location = Ontario – 34 04.667′ N, 117 37.099′ W; Start time = 0914, Finish time = 1748


Today was an experience in LA suburbia. It was a long 60 km through built-up areas which once were small and large towns in their own right, but have long since been absorbed into the conurbation that is now known as Greater Los Angeles. This city is truly huge. I was already well into the city when I started today, I covered 60 km from west to east, and I still have plenty more to go before I’m actually out of the city. And I thought Sydney was large.

All the same, it was more pleasant than I expected, but I’ll take the quieter countryside any time. One nice aspect was that the Angeles National Park was looming to the north throughout the day. Among its peaks is Mount Baldy, where there is often a mountain top finish in cycling’s Tour of California.

I also got to wear my new official running gear, kindly posted to me by my sponsors, Next Digital. You will start to see me in this gear in the photographs from now on.

And stay tuned in regard to the RWVQ (red wine value quotient). I have had several suggestions from readers, all red wine aficionados in their own right, and I am attempting to incorporate their views in the RWVQ. I expect to have a refined version in the coming days.

Finally, if you are a reader of the blog who likes to look at the Garmin link, you will notice today’s data only goes up to 25 km. Somehow the GPS watch did not fully charge last night, and was about to run out when I stopped it at 25 km. I then took out my spare (my cycling Garmin), which I hadn’t used since NZ, only to find that it had almost no charge. Luckily I have two further backup plans (based on the i-Phone), and put these into operation, although they don’t result in data backed up to the Garmin website. I did some videoing at recognisable sites, though. It’s not my preferred option, but at least it’s some form of verification that I was where I claimed to be.

PS I had the pleasure of catching up with an old friend last night, Peter Mensah. Peter is an actor, currently living in Hollywood, and has had roles in several movies and TV series, including Tears of the Sun, 300, Spartacus, True Blood, and Avatar. His star is on the rise, so keep an eye out for him in these and other productions in times to come.