Today was the day that I was flying back to TO. Given that I had a horrible experience with Super Shuttle on the way down to Long Beach, I decided that it would be fun to take public transit back to LAX. The trip time was supposed to be an hour, so I left with plenty of time to spare. Here is the tram that I just missed, leaving the downtown Long Beach station.
This sign indicates the vintage of the cars.
The light rail was at grade for a while, and then it turned off of Long Beach Avenue onto a separate right of way. Here we are crossing the Los Angeles River, just south of Del Amo, where I rode a couple of days ago.
Past the river, a good deal of the line was elevated, although there was the occasional dip down to a level crossing.
Transferring to the Green Line at Rosa Parks station. This line runs down the median of a freeway.
Sadly, just as we were ready to drive off, the driver got a phone call, and she said that we couldn’t go anywhere because there had been a shooting at LAX, and the airport was under lockdown. Here is a crowd of frustrated people waiting it out.
After about an hour, it was clear that no one was going anywhere for a good long while, so I decided to explore the area for lunch. At this point, given that I had a very heavy rolling suitcase, I was glad that my TriStar carry on converted to a backpack.
A little ways down the road, I found a nice little local Mexican place called Frijoles, and I had lunch while I was on hold with Air Canada. It was turning out to be the kind of day where a beer at lunch was highly appropriate.
Unaccountably, I got a text message from Air Canada that they had rebooked me on an afternoon flight that was scheduled to leave in a few hours, when the airport was still likely to be in lock down. After 45 minutes on hold with Air Canada again, I booked myself on the redeye. Given that I had a good deal of the rest of the afternoon to kill, I decided to get the bike out and explore.
The area south of the airport is a wasteland of large compounds for various aerospace companies, and the occasional office building for an airline. However, one building had a Mattel logo, and when I passed the back, lo and behold, I saw this:
I was able to get a couple of small “Monster High” accessories for the younger kid.
I had dinner at a local chain called Rubio‘s. Once again, two tacos and a beer seemed appropriate. I liked trying the various salsas that they had available.
Back at the hotel now and writing this blog post. Shuttles to the airport are still not running so I’m going to try to get there by cab. Wish me luck.