As I ease myself in to this blog and try to figure out what I want to talk about/how I want to talk about it, my posts are going to be a bit all over the place! But let's put aside the money stress and planning for today. And let me tell you about a time that I actually chased my sunshine. I think that's very appropriate. I could talk for HOURS about my trip to San Francisco last summer. And I do, frequently. Ask Paul. He was THERE and I still talk his ear off about it. This is borderline embarrassing, but I listened to Train's Save Me San Francisco every. day. of Spring semester last year. I was in a bad place and it was getting me through. (Now I only listen to it weekly.)
I want to talk about one of my very favorite adventures out there!
Search any list of things to do in the city, and "bike San Francisco" (especially over the Golden Gate Bridge!) will probably show up on there. I am going to offer an alternate suggestion, but don't worry. You WILL still ride over that beautiful bridge.
You're going to do this popular trip, but in REVERSE. So here's what you do. Head to Fisherman's Wharf and rent your bicycles. When everybody is heading to the bridge, catch the Ferry to Angel Island and Tiburon. There are TONS of bike rental places, but they can all point you towards the ferry. Store your bikes (it's helpful if you store your's before most passengers) and then head up to the deck, because now is a great time to snap pics of Alcatraz! Your first stop will be Angel Island and almost EVERYBODY will get off. But stay on! Sidenote: Angel Island is great for camping and hiking, so I can see why it's so popular!
Your next stop is Tiburon. And you're instantly speaking Spanish, because tiburon is the word for shark!
There are a TON of places to grab lunch here. We chose a place called Salt & Pepper. There's a back patio and they had some good options for following with a 21 mile bike ride (if you catch my drift). There are also some wine tasting places and shops. So you can definitely spend some time here!
Once you're done in town, you are ready to head out. Pretty much the whole ride you are going to be riding with the water on your left, so that's super helpful! Before you get too far, stop at Woodlands Market. We knew we weren't going to eat in Sausalito (we just had dinner picked out later), so we wanted some snacks for the ride. They have Justin's Nut Butter and it was the BEST snack fuel.
Then, ride! The bike shop you rent your bike from can provide you with a paper map that's really helpful. It's a fairly straightforward ride, I would say. You are riding on some larger roads for a portion of it, but for the most part it is a low traffic area. You ride along the bay, through some marshes, and eventually into Sausalito!
You've got one more rough climb. But then it is all smooth sailing from there. AND you get the amazing feeling of biking back into San Francisco.
The bridge can be windy and is DEFINITELY crowded. Please do not stand and block the whole path, especially when speedy road cyclists are coming towards you. You will not make them happy. OR ESPECIALLY do not stand in the middle when you go around the pillars/supports/I am embarrassed I don't know what to call these (what an engineer). You risk either getting hit or forcing a cyclist to do some evasive maneuvers. Move to the side!!! But do still get pictures.
If you want more information, totally reach out to me! As I said, I could go on and on (and on) about this. But, I love me some bicycle coalitions, so check out the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for more info on biking SF.
Have you ever visited San Francisco, or biked it? Holy hills!! Would you ever want to give this route a try?