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Fat Tire & LACBC Present: Reconnecting with Paayme Paxaayt (LA River)



Overview


This ride pays homage to our annual community event that we’ve had to go without hosting for two years in a row. This ride begins at our usual gathering/starting location for the LA River Ride, but heads towards parts of the LA River that aren’t part of LACBC’s usual route from Griffith Park to Long Beach. This ride is a way for us to honor our history as we inevitably hurdle towards the future. We invite you to view a different side of the LA River this month, starting with its name - Paayme Paxaayt is the indigenous name for the river that is the lifeforce of this region.

Areas: Griffith Park to Encino Distance: 30.9 miles Elevation: +446 ft / -448 ft Link to self-guided route: http://bit.ly/ReconnectingLARiver Link to route only: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36181107

We’d also like to challenge you to complete these 30 miles - the longest self-guided ride yet - in honor of Fat Tire’s 30th anniversary. Fat Tire has generously sponsored this self-guided ride, as part of New Belgium’s overall efforts to support numerous social causes and initiatives. New Belgium is celebrating 30 years of making tasty brews while doing good. Celebrate by doing this ride, and imagine yourself winning one of this year’s custom-made & custom designed anniversary bikes by Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Learn more about the bike and how to enter: www.newbelgium.com/contests/30-bike-giveaway/

This 30.9 mile ride rises gradually in elevation, climbing about 440 ft over 15 miles or so then heading back down those 440 feet on the way back. It starts at The Autry Museum and heads northwest along bike lanes and side streets before reaching the turnaround point at Lake Balboa/Anthony Beilenson Park. Then the Orange Line Bikeway takes you to Chandler Blvd, where you’re on a bike lane until reaching the Chandler Bikeway in North Hollywood. From there the route mostly follows side streets and bike lanes all the way back to Griffith Park.


When I Remember I See Red

This ride starts at The Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Parking here is free, unrestricted, and at your own risk. Metro Bus 96 also has a stop here.


The Autry is currently hosting an exhibition called When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art & Activism in California.

The exhibition features Native California artists whose work supports the resistance and renewal of Native culture. The exhibition runs through November 14, and since The Autry reopened on March 30, be sure to check the exhibition out for yourself. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesdays through Sundays. Make sure to visit their website for the latest updates: autry.org/visit.


From here it’s 8.7 miles to our next stop.


Exit the parking lot and make a right to head north along Zoo Drive. After the Travel Town Gift Shop, make a right to stay on Zoo Drive. At the next street make a left to ride west along Forest Lawn Drive.


Stay on Forest Lawn for two miles then make a sharp right onto Barham Blvd. Make a u-turn at Warner Bros. Gate 3, or Olive St, then a right onto Hood Ave. Make a right at the next right, Rose St.


In five blocks make a left onto National Ave then a right onto Clybourne followed by a left onto Moorpark. In about half a mile make a right onto Ledge Ave. In another half mile make a left onto Camarillo. The next stop, a view of Tujunga Wash from the sidewalk, is in just under three miles.


Tujunga Wash

Here at the corner of Whitsett and Riverside Drive is our first encounter with the Tujunga Wash on this ride. It may not look like much in its current form, but this stream provides about a fifth of the LA River’s flow. About one and a half miles southeast of here, the Tujunga Wash joins the LA River just west of Colfax Avenue and south of Moorpark St. Although this waterway is a vital life source for the LA River, it usually stays dry, especially around here near the end of its trajectory. During the fall and early spring, the wash carries significant flows through its 13 mile stretch due to heavy rains.


According to an ethnohistoric narrative collected in 1916, Tuxu, meaning “old woman,” is thought to relate to the narrative of a mother’s grief over the untimely loss of her daughter. It is thought that this narrative became the basis for the village whose name we still honor today: the village of Tujunga/Tuxunga. A map detailing Tataviam-Tribal territory shows the village near the northern part of the wash, close to where Hansen Dam is today.


Our next stop, with a restroom and a chance to catch a breather, is in 2.3 miles.


Continue heading west along Riverside Drive for 2.2 miles. After Hazeltine, make a right on Stansbury Ave then a left onto Huston Street. The recreation area will be on your right hand side.


Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Area


Here at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Area you’ll find a place to rest, take a restroom break and refuel should you need a pit stop before doing 4.5 more miles to get to Lake Balboa/Anthony Beilenson Park.


The San Fernando Valley didn’t become part of the City of Los Angeles until 1915, 134 years after the founding of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in 1781.


This recreation area and the surrounding community is named after Isaac Newton Van Nuys. Isaac Lankershim, joined by Van Nuys, bought 60,000 acres from Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando in the late 1860’s and early 1870’s. Before then, the land you’re standing on had been part of a Mexican land grant granted to Spaniard Eulogio de Celis in 1846, one year after Alta California Governor Pio Pico put the land up for sale using the Mexican Secularization Act. This law allowed the sale of mission lands in an attempt to curb the Roman Catholic Church’s influence in newly independent Mexico.