We drove the Golden Gate Bridge

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

We left Eureka bright and early - were on the road by 8.00 am, after a quick coffee for breakfast. Followed the I101 (Redwood Highway) down to San Francisco. It was a lovely morning - brisk, but clear skies, when we left. We found the town was quite a bit larger than we had first envisaged, as we were in the older part of town.

Anyway, we were soon back in the Redwood forests, and it was wonderful. Even the bit from the I101 was good, but as we were making good time we decided to take the "scenic alternative", which we think was probably the original road before the freeway was installed.

This scenic highway was stunning. Narrow roads, we travelled about 25 mph, and just enjoyed the trees, the ferns and the feeling of solitude. Were surprised to see quite a large camping ground in the area. Their Parks Service certainly look after people, allowing them to get away into the park areas in well serviced camping areas. After rejoining the main drag again, we soon found that it would run out of "freeway" status and we would be back in the Redwoods a bit like the scenic diversion - but only for brief times. We were really pleased we took the detour.

We also managed to come across two "world famous drive thru trees" - one on the scenic route and one on the main drag. Pics to prove we drove through the tree!! Strange things you get to do over here.

As we made our way south, we found clearer skies - cloudless, and the temperature went up to 88 degrees (briefly) before settling at round 82 for much of the trip. Just lovely.

We had no problems getting into San Francisco, or crossing the Golden Gate bridge. Malc had said he wanted to take some pics before we went across, and I managed to flounder my way across the freeway to the park at the side. From there he took pics (which hopefully we can load up) and then he drove the rest of the way. The toll is still in place - it is the only toll we have had to pay in all of our 3,000 odd miles of travel so far - $6.

We are here for a couple of days. Tonight we walked down to China town and had a good look around there, then moved to Union Square - which is the wealthy shopping area - way out of our leage. Found a Westfields shopping mall in the area, but even that was more up market. However, we shared a stunning steak dinner there in the food court, before heading back to our motel. We are within walking distance of China town, the crookedist street (which we hope to get to tomorrow) and Fisherman's wharf - and about 10 blocks from the Golden Gate bridge - so quite central for us.

We hope to hire bikes again tomorrow and bike around the various parks in this area, and bike over the GG bridge, as well as visit a couple of museums, etc. Malcy has it more or less planned out.

Feel quite safe in the area we are in. It is clean, only seen one beggar so far, although have seen a couple sleeping in sleeping bags in doorways; but it certainly has the feeling of size that some of the other cities we have been in have lacked. The steeps streets are stretching the archilles - no bad thing - and certainly giving us some much needed exercise. Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be good again - 70s-80s - so looking forward to that.
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