Biking across the Golden Gate bridge, what a tourist thing to do.
Then again, I am pretty much a tourist in this city right now. I haven’t biked in a while, but I thought my quads would be happily up for the challenge, hopefully to serve as a signal that we’ll be doing plenty of leg movements this term.
Shirley brought up this idea to rent some bikes and go across the bridge, and a squad was assembled. Included were Michael, Shine, Shirley and myself. (What does that spell? TSM(S))
Of course, I need to introduce the gang. First up is Michael.
Then we have Shine.
And then we have Shirley.
I took these shots while riding the bike (kids, don’t do this, I don’t want you guys to be dumb like me and get hurt).
The weather really wasn’t up for it. Forecast predicted sunny 1pm onward, but clearly that’s a lie.
Still, the bridge is both an architectural and an engineering marvel from afar or up close. The 887 thousand tons of steel painted “international orange” is gorgeous both up close and afar.
And the water underneath is not too shabby either.
After crossing the bridge, we headed for the ferry terminal. The weather was terrible, it was close to 14 degrees Celsius, and we felt the warmth slowly drain from our bodies through the sweat, carried by wind.
The nearest ferry point was in Sausalito, which meant an uphill climb for about 3 kilometers.
Shirley was too tired to bike for the final stretches uphill, but her spirits were high.
After arriving in Sausalito, I can’t help but to think how beautiful this place would be if it was sunny.
One more shot from the ferry, carrying us across back to San Francisco.
The whole trip took about 4 hours give or take. We had ups and downs (ha!), but I think overall it was a good experience. I just wish we had better weather on our side, maybe I’ll do it again sometimes when it’s sunny.
8/10 would bike again when sunny.