THE SULLIVAN OAK
It’s a marker. A beacon. A sign that says “you’re halfway to the top, my friend.”
In the hot, heavy, sticky-necked, water-bottle-running-low days of summer it’s our very own Giving Tree. Calling out to us saying “sit underneath my leaves, boy. Enjoy my shade just for a bit before you make that last, big push up to Dirt Mulholland.”
It’s the Sullivan Fire Road Oak. And it’s the hero of this, the second installment in our series of tributes to local cycling landmarks.
When I started cycling the Santa Monica Mountains, I was but a young man. I’d stop for respite underneath this behemoth and share the shade with older, more seasoned cyclists.
Now, almost 20 years later I’m the seasoned, older guy. So much of the landscape and world has changed but this oak is still here. In a way, I find my younger self under that tree.
Next time you’re on your way up Sully, stop and see what you find under there.
Nothing would make this giving tree happier.