Years in the House: 0.5
Estimated Number of Days Spent in the House Per Year: Phil estimates he’ll be around 150-175. Jen around 275. Some of those days even overlap!
Number of Miles to Nearest Coffee Shop: .3
Favorite training ride:
Phil: When friends visit, we take them on the Hollywood tourist route: Up Multiview Canyon to escape The Valley, down Nichols Canyon into the city, through Hollywood Blvd to Griffith Park, climbing up to the Hollywood sign.
Jen: Everyone loves getting a pic with the James Dean bust at the Griffith Park Observatory. I also like riding the Santa Monica Mountains on the west side and stopping at Old Place on Mulholland for a bottle of Coke on hot days.
Five Favorite Features and/or Possessions:
Phil: I love the townhouse lifestyle: you can lock it up, turn everything off, and leave for as long as you want. The plants are gonna be dead, but the leftovers are fine.
Jen: The leftovers are actually NOT fine. But Phil has a stomach of steel and a level of guilt about throwing away food. My favorite possessions are my guitars, my first bike I had as a kid, and my collection of old photographs that document my childhood through my teenage rebel years.
Phil: Proximity to Toluca Lake, with its many fine coffee shops and eateries. This allows us to ride the tandem bike to dinner on a regular basis.
Jen: I like it when Phil lets me ride the front of the tandem.
Favorite Secret Spot in SoCal:
Phil: The Magic Tree aka The Wisdom Tree at the top of Cahuenga Peak. It’s a 30 minute hike up to the top. History states that Ginger Rogers turned down Howard Hughes’ marriage proposal there, after he planted the tree for that very occasion. There’s also a plaque dedicated to Hugh Hefner further down the trail, which dumps you out at the back of the Hollywood sign.
As specifically as possible, what roads would you take to get to Venice Beach? Any traffic related anecdotes are appreciated.
Phil: I would take Multiview up to Mulholland, dodge potholes all way through Beverly Hills to Sepulveda, and down Sepulveda—but be careful at the stop sign, because there’s a cop that loves to give tickets to cyclists right there. There’s a shortcut to San Vicente through Veteran’s Park, but I always miss the turn and take Wilshire. Then take San Vicente all the way down (probably stopping at Cafe Luxxe) to the ocean, heading south to Venice from there.