Day 6 Checkpoint: Long Beach, CA

Greeted by Will Allen in Long Beach

Greeted by Will Allen in Long Beach

Monday, February 2, 2009. Day six of my TEDride: Venice to Long Beach

Greetings from Long Beach, California – the final stop on my bicycle trek from the Golden Gate Bridge to TED – a total of 527 miles. Today was a leisurely 32-mile spin along beachfront bike paths and surface streets across Los Angeles. For the last 10 miles, I was accompanied by a film crew from France making a documentary about TED. I finally reached the Long Beach Center for the Performing Arts, where I was greeted by Will Allen, one of my good friends in the TED organization. I’m glad to be off the bike for a few days – “500 in 5” is just about the limit for my sore behind.

 

I Biked Today!... and yesterday, and the day before, and...

I Biked Today!... and yesterday, and the day before, and...

I’m now checked-in to my room at the Westin Long Beach – on the 10th floor, overlooking the TED venue, and the ocean beyond. Here’s a photo of the view from my room:

 

Bird's eye view of the TED venue

Bird's eye view of the TED venue

It’s summer-clear and summer-hot down here – auspicious weather for the 25th anniversary of TED, and the inaugural Long Beach TED. Tomorrow, I’ll start blogging my experiences here at TED, beginning with a video about this year’s TEDbag. For now, I’ll sign-off with a quote from my 16-year old son, Spencer:

“Yeayuhh, mashin’ to LA is what’s up!”

You can see my video postcards on my YouTube page (www.youtube.com/mmdwight).

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2 Responses to “Day 6 Checkpoint: Long Beach, CA”
  1. I love the Westin. And I just videotaped TEDbluegrass in the lobby a few hours ago 🙂 I’ll subscribe to your videos!

  2. Victor says:

    Love the Atlantis! Its a fantastic bike!
    Is that Rickshaw pannier on the back rack? Or is there some mounting I don’t see?

    Just curious 🙂

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