May 28, 2008

Biking the distance!

Distance is a relative term, in large part based on your mode of transportation. This weekend we decided to try something new and went on a bike ride. To be honest when we set out I had very little conception of the distance we were going and was pleasantly surprised that I was still (albeit barely) standing at the end of it!

We started from Noe Valley, ventured to the Cal train station to pick up our friends and basically followed the road along the water until we got to the Golden Gate Bridge. The ride towards and across the bridge was a bit tedious not just because of the elevation change but also the sheer number of people. Renting bikes over the Memorial Day weekend was a popular choice for a range of tourists navigating the city.

Once across we enjoyed a brief break (and the view) before getting back on the bikes and making our way towards Sausalito. If you don’t know Sausalito it is a quant little town across from San Francisco, a bit touristy for my taste but a good place to bring visitors looking to experience something beyond the boarders of the city but not up for some of the more hardcore outdoor activities in the Bay Area. After a quick stop to check the ferry schedule we were back on our bikes moving at high speeds (or so I like to believe) towards Tiburon. I particularly enjoyed this part of the bike ride, I thought it was cool to see the area we have driven through on the highway at a more civilized speed and actually notice more of the scenery.

Once we got into Tiburon we found the ferry dock and boarded for Angle Island. It was a short 15 minute ride across but gave us time to enjoy sandwiches and recharge. The Island was beautiful, we biked along the perimeter road which was a 5 mile loop. There was definite elevation but nothing too drastic our tired muscles could not handle.

We stopped along the way to check out some of the abandoned military buildings and finally ended up at the island’s cafĂ©. The ferry took us back to San Francisco’s Ferry Building and the start of the final ride home…

By my rough estimation we were on the bikes for around 4 hours and covered just over 34 miles! It was an awesome way to spend part of the long weekend!


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