Day 35

Torrance, CA -> Laguna Beach, CA

I can’t believe I’m this close to the border!

I headed out of Torrance early this morning to beat the traffic. Riding on busy streets like Crenshaw Boulevard is a bit nerve racking, so I was happy to get out early before there were too many cars.


I stayed away from the freeways and opted to ride along the Los Angeles River into Long Beach.


I spotted the Queen Mary along the way (which is haunted by the way if you didn’t already know.)

This route then took me back to the Pacific Coast Highway and a trail that went through the beaches along the coast.


I then arrived at the Huntington Beach Pier to stop for some breakfast.

Meetup with Coach

I met up with my Dad’s running coach from high school (Coach Taylor) and his grandson Ryan. It had been maybe 20 years since I’d seen him last.

Coach Taylor and Ryan

Coach Taylor and Ryan

We had a great time this morning catching up, and I’m so glad I got to see them. Ryan is getting ready for a century event and I got to ride with him for a few miles on the way out of Huntington Beach.

My First Time Riding With Someone Else This Whole Trip

My First Time Riding With Someone Else This Whole Trip

I didn’t do any training to get ready for this trip (other than the occasional ride on the weekend.) I’m pretty sure that a major contributing factor to being able to go from 0 to 50 miles per day comes from my dad. I did a little research, and his high school’s Facebook page still says

Notable runners include the freshman 3 mile record holder Darrell Hatfield at 15:11 in 1969

And they still have a record of 32:28 for a 6 mile run. Holy cow that’s crazy fast.

Well, I’m not sure I’m at that level, but I’m doing what I can. Thanks Dad.

Words of Wisdom

Warning, I kinda went down a rabbit hole on this one, so bear with me, or you can just stop reading right here (fair warning.)

Later in Laguna Beach, I came across this sage advice.

The Way It's Presented, It's Like This Has Been a Consistent Problem or Something

The Way It's Presented, It's Like This Has Been a Consistent Problem or Something

I’m sure I’d seen a warning like this somewhere, but this was literally the only warning sign by the pool - nothing else in sight.

Doing a bit of research on it, I found that it’s mandatory to be posted from the official California Code of Regulations:

3120B.11 Diarrhea. A sign in letters at least 1 inch (25 mm) high and in a language or diagram that is clearly stated shall be posted at the entrance area of a public pool which states that persons having currently active diarrhea or who have had active diarrhea within the previous 14 days shall not be allowed to enter the pool water.

Then I came across a rebuttal to the requirement from the California Apartment Association. Here are a few excerpts:

Apartment communities rarely have someone assigned to watch the swimming pool, let alone guard it against the intestinally distressed

The intestinally distressed - I can’t handle it… :P

If anything, the diarrhea signs undermine the credibility of other signs that broadcast legitimate pool rules

The rebuttal, by the way, has a box on it saying:

Editor’s note: This is a real article. It is not copied from The Onion.

Priceless, you just can’t make this stuff up :P

I’ll leave it there - Until next time!