December 2013: Biking the Golden Gate Bridge

I’ve been to San Francisco a half-dozen times in my life and it’s one of my Top 5 favourite cities in America.

One of the best things you can do there is hire a bike from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride down to the Bay Bridge before heading back, through Fisherman’s Wharf and up to the Golden Gate Bridge.

A 15-minute slog and you’re on the bridge itself, which has a fantastic cycle way, up the Bay and across the Golden Gate Bridge. From the far side, you can either had back the way you came or do what I prefer: ride down to the tiny village of Sausalito (where there are some great restaurants and bars, as I discovered on a previous visit) and catch the ferry back across the Bay to complete the round trip. The ferry takes you close by Alcatraz Island and provides stunning views of downtown San Francisco. You know, the kind that make taking a bad photo basically impossible.

Doing the ride at sunset makes it even more spectacular. It was one of those moments where it’s exhilarating to be alive!

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The Bay Bridge
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My squad!
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Flat riding for nearly the entire journey, except going up to the Bridge and down to Sausalito.
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We picked a decent afternoon!
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Alcatraz Island.
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Our destination!
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Unparalelled views.
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Alcatraz from the beach.
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The Bay Arra isspectacular!
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Getting closer.
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Looking back towards downtown San Francisco.
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Almost there…
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Lauryn made us stop every 23 yards for a photo.
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Couldn’t have asked for better weather.
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A stunning Bay Area winter afternoon
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We’ve come a long way!
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Fort Point & the Golden Gate Bridge
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We’re on the cycleway.
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Sunset.
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Golden Gate.
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California dreaming.
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A nice, wide cycleway.
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I love this photo.
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Peak hour.
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On the bridge.
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An amazing structure.
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Last light.
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What a spectacular time of day!
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Stunning horizon.
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Not sure what the helicopters were all about, but it made for a great photo.
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On the Sausalito side now.
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Look at that! Perfect.
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Downtown San Francisco.
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One of the best experiences I’ve ever had in America.

 


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