Biking the Bridge, twice...

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The sunlight woke us up again, as we tend not to set our alarm clock and just leave our curtains open for the sun to wake us up in the morning. We headed out into San Fransisco. First we had to pick up something for Linda at the HSBC San Francisco branch in the financial district. We had a sandwich for breakfast at a close by coffee shop, nothing spectacular. Thereafter we walked down Market street towards O' Farrell where all the rental companies are located. We tried to get a deal on the insane drop off charges related to dropping off a car at the east coast. No such luck, the offices weere busy and not very willing to change anything that their computers calculated. We did not want to waste any more of our valuable time in San Francisco so we decided to do something FUN! As we enjoyed cycling in Vancouver we decided to do the same in San Francisco, it's a great way to see the city. We took a Taxi down to Pier 39 and the bike rental place was located next door on pier 41. We first walked the pier and had a Lunch at Neptune's Palace on the end of the pier. I ordered a crab cake and Linda a 4 ways of Crab special (also had a little crab cake in it). All was fine until Linda tasted the crab cake she got served, it was not so fresh, and spoiled the lunch a bit. We headed out to the bike rental place (Blazing Saddles) and got our rides for the day. We took off towards the bridge. It was for sure a bit harder than the bike trail in Vancouver. San Francisco is not really bike friendly. Some of the track went over the normal road, there was a lot of uphill and some trail was over a gravel path. Not at all a 'beginners' track as they sold it to Linda. But she progressed bravely and conquered her fears of riding on roads with cars. When we got to the bridge the views were amazing. The sky was as clear as it could be in San Francisco, and the temperature was perfect, not too hot, but nice and sunny. When we hit the end of the road we ran into a little surprise. The road to Solsilito was closed. Our plan was to ride over the bridge to this little village and then take the ferry back across the bay. No such luck. As the road was closed and the detour route was not really meant for bikes, we decided to head all the way back over the bridge the way we came. Luckily this was more of a down hill track, but we had to conquer some more detours and find our way back. It would have been nice if someone at the bike shop would have warned us about the roads being closed, but nevertheless we had good fun on the bikes.

After our long ride we went back to the Hotel to freshen up as we were meeting Sandy for Dinner later that evening. She picked us up from the Hotel and we went to a Spanish tapas place (Cha Cha Cha) in the back of town (Mission District). The food was very nice and we had a good time with Sandy. During dinner we used a couple of napkins to plan the coming days of our trip. After another very good day we headed back to the Hotel where we booked our car for the next day and packed out bags, as tomorrow we would be starting the 'road' part of our road trip.
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