George Calvarescu, a man from the San Fernando Valley triumphs over gridlock freeway traffic by kayaking to work in Long Beach -- 52 miles (84km) downstream on the L.A. River.
"I saw the 'Kayak For Sale' sign, then I saw a sign that said "Los Angeles River," and just then the song "Rollin' on the River" came over the radio! I didn't even know there was any water in the river -- it was an act of faith. I never even looked back at my car. I shelled out fifty bucks on the spot and dragged that kayak somehow down to actual water, put the yellow beast in, and it's been smooth paddling ever since."
Calvarescu admits that he's pretty wet and dirty by the time he gets to work in downtown Long Beach, but manages to sneak into work before his colleagues and make use of a company shower. Calvarescu also claims that his unconventional commute has helped him lose 100 pounds (45kg) - not too many L.A. highway commuters can claim that.
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