In an attempt to avoid the saddle pain I experienced on my first long ride, I layered my running shorts over my new padded Pearl Izumi Sugar Shorts.
I parked at a meter just north of Venice Beach and headed south on The Strand.
I had assumed I would be able to follow The Strand all the way down to Manhattan Beach where I often run after work.
Unfortunately for Lexa and me, bicycle traffic is not allowed on some portions of The Strand and there was no way for us to go that far south without having to go on the street.
Instead, I just opted to go up and down the continuous Santa Monica portion. We were able to go as far north as Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades before we turned around and headed back to Venice Beach.
At one point, I did make a feeble attempt to ride on Pacific Coast Highway but the cars got way too close to me and I quickly changed my mind.
It was a lot easier to look down to see my speed and distance since I'm not coordinated enough to take my hands off Lexa while I'm riding.
I must admit the padded shorts made a world of difference. We ended up doing 25 miles and I didn't experience any discomfort.
I'm cautiously optimistic about the Green Girl's cycling career.