Biking from Union Station to Pasadena at 1:30 at night when you’ve already biked 30 miles that day is like an hour of some kind of Greek hell. Not painful, but dark, and cold, and lonely, and tiring, block after block after block gradually uphill, with no sign of progress.
The MTA ticket machines are pretty cheeky letting you buy a ticket after the last train has left due to the holiday schedule, with no signs up saying the last train will leave at 11:50.
Encountering a Winchell’s on the final leg up Fair Oaks was welcome, though I could have used it earlier.
Jacob’s route from getting from Union Station to Pasadena when you’re bone tired and don’t want any big hills:
- Union Station is on Alameda. Take this north a couple blocks to where Main St. veers off to the right.
- Take Main through the industrial area into Lincoln Park. This goes through a pass in the Lincoln Park hills, so you avoid climbs like you’d get taking say Broadway.
- Main turns into Valley at Mission St. Turn left (north) here.
- When Mission meets up with Huntington, get on Huntington and ride it through El Sereno into South Pasadena.
If these directions make any sense to you, you already know how to get from South Pas to whatever part of Pasadena you live in. For me, this was taking Fair Oaks in. These directions are poor at encountering all-night victuals depots, so could use some refinement here. (Maybe Broadway to get some food, then cut down to Main St. for the pass?)
My legs and butt still hurt.
More upbeat post coming soon…