May RAP: And if You Had a Problem
There is a lot of history in the Pomona Valley, in the city of Pomona too. Most of it took place before Europeans arrived, but much of the documented history has taken place since that time. The two most recognizable names from the historic period are, perhaps, the familia Palomares, and Louis Phillips (Galefsky). While many places around the city and valley are named in recognition of the Palomares and Phillips families the two most recognizable (and historic) may be the Palomares adobe and the Phillips mansion. The May Ride Around Pomona (RAP) visited those two sites located on opposite sides of the city. In between there was plenty of opportunity to detail how the two families tied together (through business dealings), how Phillips became the wealthiest man in Los Angeles County and, since we found ourselves stopped at the intersection of Alvarado and Palomares at one point, how the one time governor of California, Juan Bautista Alvarado, fit into the picture as well.
The RAP was not a well attended event this month, with only a trio pedaling it out, but that did allow us to get done pretty quickly while discovering some new quiet streets for riding along the way. The RAP takes place the first Saturday of each, and every, month, often themed, sometimes not, but always welcoming no matter your riding ability. Like it on Facebook to keep up-to-date on future rides.
Oh, "...and if you had a problem, you'd come here..." somehow my camera found the film setting as I took is out of the jersey pocket and I caught just a bit of Marcus's talk at the Phillips Mansion.