Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
17Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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Our route took out down by the pier and mostly off of the roads. We went along the beach for a way, and then discovered that we have apparently lost the ability to read maps
Crossing the bridge took us down in to the seaside town of Sausilito..very cute, but very rich! It kind of reminded us of Banff with all the shops along the main drag. We also noticed the drastic weather changes. All along the San Fran part of the route and even along the Bridge, it was cloudy, misty and overall kind of dreary. The minute we hit the road to Sausilito, the skies opened up and it was HOT! Sunny skies across the bay, and yet SF remained clouded in. Weird!
We found an amazing deli for lunch where we purchased Italian sandwiches and went across the street and sat by the water to eat. It gave us some spectacular views of the Bay and San Francisco
Fortunately, our bike rentals included a $10 ferry ticket, so we got in line for the ferry and headed back to the Wharf area of SF. It was about at 20 minute ride and was spectacular!
The biggest problem came with unloading the 88 bikes on board. I got mine first and had to disembark first, while Ryan was a few behind me. We got separated on the Wharf and couldn't find each other. Ryan finally found some high ground to stand on so I was able to see him.
After our 5 hour bike excursion, it was time to head back to the hotel for a quick shower and then back out we went as I was meeting a friend, Rinku, for dinner. While I've known Rinku for almost 9 years, we've never met before, and she and her family live an hour south of San Francisco in Santa Clara. We were to meet in a restaurant (Cha Cha Cha) in the Haight Ashbury district of SF at 5:30. Again, my ability to read a map seems to have been seriously compromised by the SF fog...at least, I'll blame it on that! Trying to find the NE corner to catch the bus was confusing,but thankfully Ryan's internal compass is much better than mine, and we got it figured out. Our bus took us through the Presidio, the former US military police complex, which was kind of interesting. We also passed through Pacific Heights, which contains some of the pricier homes in SF.
Finally, we arrived in Haight Ashbury, which is famous for having been the centre of the counter culture revolution in the 60's
Since Rinku refused to let us take the bus home again (it was dark, we weren't going to argue), we got a night time tour of San Fran including the steepest hill (on Divisidero St.....or maybe Fillmore), and the crookedest street on Lombard st. 8 hairpin curves...crazy stuff! It was fantastic! We finished off the night with dessert at Ghirardelli Square with ice cream, but they won't serve allergic customers, so I got to watch everyone else eat their ice cream and chocolate sauce (and I was totally fine with that).
It was a great last day in San Francisco for us!