For the second day of fall, it was surely HOT in San Gabriel Valley. But, it didn’t stop the forty-five person bike train from riding on such a beautiful day. The group slowly gathered at the usual meeting point along Legg Lake and the train departed at approximately 10:45am. The ride began with an easy loop around Whittier Narrows Park and made its way to the Rio Hondo River bike path. On most occasions the riders regroup at Pioneer Park in El Monte, but this time we made our first stop at the El Monte Airport Air Show.
Although aerobatics were not allowed due to the close proximity to neighboring communities, the air show put on display an array of unique aircrafts, historic military planes, police helicopters and the rare Rutan Boomerang and a Percival Prentice - of the British Royal Air Force. Many of our riders split ways to attend the free event while others continued to Peck Road Park with flight formations above head.
Unlike the traditional Bike Train, we did not crossover to the San Gabriel River path. Instead we took cover under trees at Peck Road Park to escape the near 100 degree heat. After hydrating, snacking and snapping some photos, we headed back South along Rio Hondo to catch a bit more air show action. Despite the record breaking five flat tires and a split group, we made it back safe and sound to enjoy ice cream from our local paletero.
We would like to thank everyone for participating, especially the new-comers. We hope to see you for the bigger and better Bike Train BBQ on Sunday, October 28, 2012.