Today, August 6, 2011, we biked to San Francisco.
I got up. I Took time to smell all my clothing, finding the least stinkiest shirt to wear. Luckily it was the red one, which I knew would look stunning in the pictures of me on the Golden Gate Bridge. I told Christopher to wear his orange one, since it would match so well with the orange tones of the bridge… But sadly, he said the orange one was the stinkiest. He surprised me, and said he’s going to wear his clean shirt… The one he hadn’t worn yet… I can’t believe he has a clean shirt! I’m so jealous. Although, it’s grey… And I wasn’t sure how that would turn out in the photos. I put on my clean socks, deodorant and my hand washed shorts, all in preparation for the big day. This was the outfit that Christopher would wine and dine me in as a celebration of our arrival to San Francisco.
Unfortunately, after all that prep, it was a cold, misty morning, so we both just wore our rain jackets. Luckily mine is orange!
About ten miles into the day, we had coffee at a local roaster in a cute town called Fairfax. We listened to live music and watch all the road cyclists fly by as a large race was happening on our route today.
Only 17 miles to go…
We road on quiet roads with dedicated bike lanes and bike paths all morning. We climbed a couple of unexpected hills. And before we knew it, we rounded a bend to see the Golden Gate Bridge standing in all it’s glory, covered in thick fog. The Weather didn’t matter in the slightest! We had bike to the Golden Gate Bridge! I was overwhelmed by a sense of accomplishment.
Soon I’d be overwhelmed by crazy tourists on bikes trying to cross the bridge. Crossing the bridge was it’s own adventure. There were moments where I would of preferred to be back on roads with logging trucks to these tourists on rented bikes, holding their breath as they cycled as fasts as they could past people.
After that we cycled along the bay into town and celebrated our accomplishment with a big burger at an Irish pub.
Over 2000 km
That was a long bike ride.
Over the past three summers, We’ve now officially biked the entire pacific coast. What a great feeling!