Monday, August 29th, 2011. I drive about a mile and a half down to the Redondo Beach Pier. I park on Esplanade because there are no meters on Esplanade. There’s offside street sweeping a couple days a week so I usually find a parking spot. I just have to get back to the car before 8:00 AM.
I walk down the parking lot to the pier and turn south on the bike path. Just to the right you can see the SUV with port-a-potties on a trailer. Beverly Hills 90210 was filming at the Pier for the past couple of weeks. It looked like a beach concert scene.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail is marked off every 1/4 mile, like this picture on the right. The Pier is 1.75 miles from the starting point at Torrance Beach. I start running here and head south toward Torrance Beach.
This is a point on the trail about one mile from the end, way down by the Palos Verdes Peninsula that you see in the distance. It looks like a long way, but it really isn’t. It just feels like a long way for an overweight 55 year old guy with Poly-cystic Kidney Disease (PKD).
Twenty three minutes later I get to the end, seen here with my watch documenting my time. I stretch and breathe.
Then I watch the surfers for a minute while I catch my breath. Torrance beach is a popular surf spot in the South Bay. My cell phone isn’t the
best camera for distance shots like this. In addition to surfers, I see pelicans, seagulls, and an occasional pod of dolphins.
I turn around here and head back to the pier.
Here’s my watch with my final time, looks like 7:49 AM.
Here’s my victory grimace. The beach grooming tractors are out and sun is up. A great day.