|Our approximate biking route|
SMS and I drove to Milbrae and parked the car- free on weekends! Then we took the BART into San Francisco. On the way, I looked up ferry times to Angel Island and realized that if we wanted to have a nice day of hiking and exploring the "Ellis Island of the West" museum, we would have to go another day. It's a State Park and closes on the early side. No matter. I asked SMS if he would mind a change of plans and he didn't.
|Ferry Building from the dock|
We were pretty hungry and needed a food solution quickly. We decided to have almost a tapas hopping experience, getting small plates from a few different vendors. The first thing to catch our eye was a woman selling Cambodian spiced peanuts. We really enjoyed these as a snack when we were on our Thailand and Cambodia trip so we bought a small bag to share. There was a really nice heat to the peanuts- slightly more mild than in Cambodia but that's ok! SMS commented that he thinks the best mix would be the heat level from here mixed with some of the dried lemongrass spice more typical of the Thai peanut mix. That sounds awesome to me!
After the raclette plate, we each had a steamed bun. I had the vegetarian greens one while SMS had the savory pork. Finally, we finished up lunch with an Italian sugar donut with nutella. It was a delicious meal and we were pretty happy and sated. We walked to the end of the ferry building pier where we saw a fisherman reel in a small shark, which he released back into the Bay.
|Full House- where's DJ Tanner?|
|SMS looks like he feels he may have been tricked..."This is not the Golden Gate..."|
|Conservatory of Flowers|
|View from the Cliff House|
|Looking North from the Cliff House|
|Grafitti that says "SMORES NASTY" I am offended.|
|When I have millions of dollars, maybe I'll buy a house here.|
We climbed the tough hill to the Cliff House and kept going. By the way, did I mention our map said our chosen route was the most beautiful AND most hilly? We cycled along Seal Rock Dr, Legion of Honor and Land's End. We entered into the Sea Cliff neighborhood which was incredibly ritzy- mansions within San Francisco proper! Then it was on to more hills and finally, the Golden Gate Bridge!
|Ready to Ride|
|This will protect you from earthquakes|
|View from Lower Vista Point|
|Long line back|
|We made it! View from the fantail|
|Alcatraz. Looks swimmable|
Overall, we had a great day! At the very end of the day, I wasn't super-impressed with the bike shop since they were trying to charge a couple for a broken derailer. It doesn't seem fair to charge the customer since the bikes are clearly high-mileage and in very used condition. Our bikes were fine for what we wanted to do (kill ourselves cycling hills), but even ours had gear shifting issues and made ominous sounds. So, word of warning, if you want a nice bike and avoid shady business practices, the tourist trap places are not the best even if their maps are nice!