In the late 70’s I was really into skating after moving to the Los Angeles area in ‘77, being a regular at Flippers in Hollywood, and participated at quite a few 10K runs, such as this one in Beverly Hills, 1979:
October 1994, prior to opening the section of Highway 85 between Steven’s Creek Blvd and Almaden Expressway in San Jose, the freeway was open to the public for pedestrians.
As my personal salute to the prowess of Cal-Trans civil engineering, I chose to explore the freeway on my preferred mode of transportation: Roller-Blades. I had just received a new pair several months before as an anniversary present from my wife, and I was yearning for a good workout. I drove from our Blossom Valley home up to Cupertino, and parked in the lot at Taligent, where I was working at the time. Our offices were just a couple of blocks from the Stevens Creek interchange, which is where the freeway used to end before the new section was built. There were already crowds gathering in anticipation of parades and barbecues along the route, and some folks were walking and others cycling down onto the roadway. I joined them and headed South. I had thought to bring along a camera, but managed to capture these shots you see here.
Heading South in Cupertino, just before Stelling Ave. overpass
Somewhere in Campbell, Saratoga or Los Gatos, a few hot-rods and pedestrians enjoying a weekend stroll
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