The wife and I went to Santa Monica on Saturday with the intent of riding from the Santa Monica Pier to Hermosa beach and back, a trip of about 22 miles, according to our map app. Well, it was a longer trip than we had anticipated by about 8 miles, so we did a full 30 miles back and forth. An excellent, EXCELLENT ride to be sure, but at 4 hours and 34 minutes it was pretty brutal towards the end.
If you have never been to Venice beach I would highly recommend it. It seriously is a freak show and you will see all manner of people. I didn’t take any pictures because we were biking, but if you don’t mind people in skimpy clothing, the smell of Venice green (weed, yuck!) or hippie drum circles I say get up and go. If you enjoy people watching you will not be disappointed.
The only downside to the trip was the wind. When you are riding into the wind it can feel like you aren’t moving at all. Other than that it was great! Now I just need a week to recover!
Update: I was wrong, I took a couple of pictures. One of the night skyline (not a great shot) and another of our drinks at Bubba Gumps. Pretty good food, but pricey!