SUNDAY RIDE REPORT: EVERYONE’S AFFECTED BY THE JUNE GLOOM EXCEPT MOTHER NATURE.
June gloom. That’s what it’s called here in Los Angeles.
Something to do with the marine layer creeping and lingering up and over the Santa Monica mountains. People get in a funk, the sky falls flat and grey, and if you get up early enough, you can ride up into the drizzle and mist. Lovely.
Sunday morning’s ride was cut short for me due to a lung full of gunk that rattled and wheezed the harder I climbed. Kill or cure right! I left Mr. Leith and Mr. Bryant at the meadow at China Flat’, and after a couple of laps around the meadow, I trundled back down through Chesebro Canyon.
The warm air, damp morning had created an explosion of colour, in what is normally a parched, sandy landscape. Just beautiful.
So for myself - and for Brian - I opened the Field Guide to California and looked up the names of the beauties up there.
SO, THE STATS:
32 x 19
1.5 hrs give or take.
Our Lords’ Candle (Yucca Whipplei)
Arrow Weed (Pluchea sericea)
Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius)
White Sage (Salvia apiana)
Golden Yarrow (Eriphyllum lantum)
Californian Dodder (Custcuta californica)
Occasionally you should stop, lift those polarized, $250-a-pair glasses and have good look. Oh and make sure you smell the Penstemon centranthifolius.