San FrannnnSiiiiisscooooo!

Trip Start Jun 22, 2011
Trip End Aug 16, 2011

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Today we headed into San Fransisco, about a 70min drive north from Gilroy. We got in there just fine, but had a lot of trouble finding parking! Open air garages would have spaces open, but would not accept us! How discriminating! So we wound up in a large lot in peir 39, which is on the bay, where a lot of large trucks were parked, so we were good. The plan was to go see the golden gate bridge, then grab lunch at 21st amendment brewery. So we unloaded our bikes, and started out towards the bridge, which was only about  two miles away. San Fransisco is very bike friendly and is the most ecoconscious of all the big citys in the world. So we get going, and we are peddling (very uphill), and battling 20mph winds coming at us, when we realize two things: 1. I cant do this, and 2. the bridge is hidden in fog. Plus its only 59degrees, so its quite chilly from what we are used to. So we decide to grab lunch and beer now, and wait for the fog to burn off (althought its already 12p). So I get out the trusty Iphone( Terrie, you need one!) and I quickly access the map app, and it gives us a route through the city to the brewery. Well, although there are bike lanes, everyone is pushed into them, plus there is major road construction everywhere! It like riding through Manhattan at rush hour with traffic on your bike! Bobby is having a blast making his way through, but I am slowly on my way to a break down behind him! Traffic, horns, no room, wind= panic! So we have to pull over, so I can cry. Once I get it out, we get back on our way, and 3 miles of hills and wind, and some boston terriers in a pet store, and I'm all better, and ready for beer. We lock up our bikes outside, and enjoy some awesome lunch- me a spinach & arugula salad, and bobby- a cuban panini. I had some blonde ale and him some hell or high watermelon. Go here if you are ever in SF(local lingo), everything was awesome, including the helpful bartender. He gave us some great directions on how to easily get back to the truck, and where to get the best photo ops of the bridge. So we figured by this time, the fog would be gone, so we headed back towards the bridge. As we were down by the piers, there were a couple of old boats you could explore for a small fee, so we went aboard. The neatest ship docked was the Balclutha, she was a sailing cargo ship built in 1886 in Glascow, and would make one voyage per year from Europe to San Fransisco- the panama canal didn't exist then, and she had to go all the way around the tip of South America.  I got some great pics, and in the foreground you can see a good view of Alcatraz Island. The waters around it really are rough, and with those winds we experienced, plus the current, I don't know how anyone could swim across it. While on the top deck of the ship, we finally had a view of the bridge, actually a really good view, and the bridge was still shrouded in fog! So much for getting a good pic! So we decided we wouldn't pursue any more golden gate photo ops, and just set out next to fisherman's wharf, which is comparable to Port Jefferson as far as tourist stuff, and maritime influence. It was fun to walk around, and if we weren't full from lunch, we would have grabbed something to eat in one of all the fresh seafood restaurants. Then we headed home to Gilroy, and sat in traffic for over two hours! This is normal so far everywhere in California, so we are kind of used to it, but it stinks! NY traffic is nothing compared to this!  But we had a great day, got over 10miles of biking exercise in, and saw great sites! Tomorrow- redwood zip lining & Big Sur Coastline.
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Mrs/BAS on

Glad you enjoyed San Francisco. I have been there three times and loved all the trips. Enjoy reading about your trip. Be good.

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