Vertical Gain: 3312 feet
Calories Burned: 3589 (1847)
Link to Garmin Route Data
Today was a fitting end to another adventure on the bike. Ending a terrific two weeks by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco was terrific. I again spent the day riding with Gary Weinstein. He does a great job of navigating, as well as being a terrific friend, and with many, many more turns to negotiate than normal, having him on the job kept us from ever making a bad turn.
We left Petaluma under typical cool conditions. There is not a lot to say about the first 40 miles of the day. It was more rolling brown California hills, with a number of stiff little climbs followed by very sweat descents. Here I am following I believe Jeff Douglas as we are about to top one hill. The scene is very typical of what the first miles were about.
|Cresting a typical hill|
We took a nice bike path for 3 or 4 miles to the outskirts of Sausalito, where Gary and I stopped at a great restaurant where we sat on the deck overlooking the harbor. This shot pretty well captures the scene.
|With Gary Weinstein at lunch in Sausalito|
We then headed for the bridge. The route sheet took us down to the water through Fort Mason for a different perspective on the bridge. This is how it looked from down below.
|Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Mason|
|Me ready to tackle the Golden Gate Bridge|
To conclude this saga, it has been a great two weeks of riding. The routes have not often been easy, but the scenery has been fabulous, and the opportunity to join so many of my friends from the 2010 Across America North ride made it much more special. I will see you for my next adventure, which is as yet undetermined.