So Long, San Francisco
Trip Start Aug 26, 2008
145Trip End Aug 17, 2009
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Dealing with the 30 minute ride on the 14 to get to our favorite nightspots in Little Italy saved us at least $40 over closer-in hotels plus parking. Probably a little more expensive than the hostels, but they were booked up.
After driving in and finding free parking near Van Ness and Mission St, we caught the 45 but missed the 17
With our transfers we were able to get back to Market and then hop on the F for one last streetcar ride down to Fisherman's Wharf. There, we picked out the biggest crab we could find and had it boiled and cracked streetside. Tasty!
Next up was a short hike and then a short ride on the 39 in heavy traffic. We gave up and hopped off right at the end of Little Italy and the beginning of Chinatown. In Chinatown we visited our favorite bakery and... uh... deli on Stanton, picking up some cheap buns for the next day's travel and a snack to eat right away.
After Chinatown we stopped in a shoestore and finally picked up a pair of Keens for Jacy, who had previously been down to her last pair of unpacked sandals. Equipped for travel we quested for a road atlas, since I had cleverly thrown ours away whilst cleaning out the car prior to our cross-country trip. Rather than an atlas, we found a lot of cold gusty wind and a setting sun
We made it and even managed to navigate back to the car, which was hanging precariously on a 20-degree slope, overloaded and held in place by it's anemic emergency brake.
Firing up the Mazda, we had barely made it onto I-80 when the engine light came on, thus setting off a chain of events which would see us making much less progress that night than we had previously hoped.