This storyline is getting old. Southern California. Trikke riders paradise — but not today, thanks to dreaded rain, which mixes with Trikke riding like oil and, well, rain. And it’s been raining a lot this So Cal winter, which has made the last few So Cal Trikke events a little, well, soggy.
And so it was — raining, that is — on the last Saturday of January, 2013, just as it had been on the last, last Saturday of December, 2012. Less than ideal circumstances when your event moniker stands for “Last Saturday of the Month.”
But so it was — another rain-dampened affair — at this past weekend’s LSM Ride in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, also the site of December’s LSM Ride, which was attended by a handful of diehards. That day, some eight riders rode their Trikkes in the rain for a spell, just to be counted among the LSM riders around the world who — ten months after the first So Cal LSM Ride in February, 2011 — picked up the idea of having an LSM Ride and being part of a global LSM movement.
For January’s So Cal event, a larger handful of diehards showed up due to a forecast that bore promise of a better, dryer day. By mid-morning, circa ride time, the overnight rains drizzled to an end, but instead of riding, then eating (at a nearby restaurant), those present decided on eating, then riding, thereby giving Mother Nature time to dry up a bit and restore Southern California to something they could work with.
And so it was — that fifteen Trikke riders from as far away as Asuza and Ventura stirred the economic pot of the South Bay, this time at the Redondo Beach Cafe, just as they had at December’s soggy affair.
But unlike December, by the time breakfast was over, the beach trail was dry enough to get in more than a symbolic swerve or two along the beaches of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan.
“It eventually got okay to ride,” said Lisa Pearce, who was also on hand in December.
Perhaps the atmosphere didn’t have the excitement of the South Bay’s Hottest Halloween Ride ever, or say, the pleasantly warm weather of the December, 2011 LSM, but at least for some, it was arguably another day in paradise.
“I had so much fun,” said Nikki Stevens, returning to the area after a recent move to Colorado. “It was fantastic to see everyone again and actually do some exercise with oxygen.”
Plus, there’s always tomorrow, or rather, a few weeks from now, when the San Gabriel Valley plays host to its first LSM Ride on the last Saturday of February.
February. As in winter. As in rainy weather.
The storyline continues.