I started at Cabrillo on 5th and headed back up the street towards the YMCA Canyon and came back around to go over the Bandini Bridge. While the area under the Bandini Bridge is quiet, its kind of dangerous for pedestrians. Lots of blind curves for drivers not to see you walking. I’ve learned a lot on SPBXB in respect to being a pedestrian. You seriously have to walk the streets as if the cars are out to get you. Even if a car is approaching an intersection, you have to act like its going to plow through a stop sign. It helps to make eye contact with a driver before crossing the street. It sounds a little paranoid I know…but you have to stay vigilant because people aren’t paying attention – nobody walks in LA, remember.
I was slowly heading back up 1st when I saw this house. Was I seeing stars because I was huffing and puffing my way up the hill? Or were those stars actually on the house? I’m curious to know why they’re arranged like that.
So the hills are just gonna start getting steeper and longer from here on out. I’m kind of dreading the climb I’ll have to do to finish the rest of 1st street (above Western). We’ll see. 22nd, Barbara and Gaffey near Angels Gate are kind of the big dogs I worry about, but we’ll deal with those when I get there.
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t like hills. I don’t like driving on them, I won’t park on one, and I avoid walking UP them at all costs. But…I signed up for this challenge and I know that I need to treat every hill on this side of town as a training excercise for the big games on the south side (I’m coming for you Barbara St). My walking is getting a lot better so I decided to walk up this section of Sepulveda. Its not SO bad, but its not a cake walk either. So I’m going, I pass the old lady ahead of me…halfway up my lungs start screaming in the form of a wheeze I hadn’t heard since I was a smoker. It’ll be 7 months tomorrow since I quit. I’ve come a long way, but this walk showed me that I have a lot of work to do before my lung capacity returns to that of a full grown adult. I had to pull over to the side to catch my breath. The little old lady caught up with me and left me in her dust…left me panting and gasping for air on the side of the street. But I lived to blog about it, right. Well, I guess you can consider this my “State of the Walker” address. I’ve come a long way (about 1/4 of the way through town) but I have a lot more to go. Thank you to everyone who’s kept up with me from the beginning and for those of you just joining, welcome.