San Francisco and Yosemite Diary
Saturday 11th to Wednesday 22nd October 2003

October 15th
Bike the Bridge

My first day off dawned grey and cold. Took the streetcar to Fisherman's Wharf but found I was already too late to get a trip to Alcatraz. Decided to go for my second choice, and rent a bike to cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge, despite the weather.

Getting a bike was no trouble, and I got information about where to go, but following the supposed waterfront path was a little more difficult than I expected and I got lost amongst the semi-derelict military ionstallations of the Presidio.

The bridge looked quite daunting, its upper reaches coverd in cloud, but as I got nearer and up to the same level the cycle path was wide, well-made, and separated from the cars. It was very easy cycling, as long as you didn't look down, and the views back across the bay to SF were stunning. Got to the other side, where there was another great view of the bridge, and a moving monument to the sailors who took a last look at SF from this area before heading out to die in wars.

Cycled downhil into Sausilito, a very pretty village. I could have bought a place here very easily, but I gather it is incredibly expensive. Had a great and cheap sandwich in a cafe by the water, and had an enjoyable mooch around the harbour before taking the ferry back into the city.

Me and Bridge
Bike on Bridge

Bridge from North
A Well-EarnedLunch!
Golden Gate Bridge from Boat

View of City from Ferry