Alessandro down to Riverside. Riverside to Fletcher. The new, yet-to-be-opened LA River Bike Path down ’till it ends, and then back up through Frogtown to Riverside, Alessandro, and home. 8 miles.
Alessandro runs alongside the 2 freeway, separated by a wall. There are usually a few folks living in broken down RVs. Alessandro is a world of its own.
The second part of the stretch of Riverside between Alessandro and Fletcher has a few empty lots on which the remnants and ruins of old houses remain. Broken down, winding stairs that quickly lead to nowhere, a handful of back walls of garages dug into the hills. A couple of overgrown, reclaimed-by-nature lots the fronts of which are strewn with out-the-car-window trash.
Frogtown is Frogtown. It’s a strange, semi industrial, partially populated by artists, slightly ill tempered sliver of a working class neighborhood that kinda wants to be left alone.
This run is one that’s full of visual gems for me. There’s not much I can say about it; it’s all about what I see. Here are someone else’s words about running this area.