Crissy Field in the San Francisco Presidio, my happy place, was the start of my final Cycle Life Challenge ride this year. It’s where I can see the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay and the beach and the city all just by turning around in place. It was going to be in the 90s at home so I thought I’d go to that part of the city where it’s usually cooler. It was a lovely day, with blue skies and lots of people enjoying themselves.
My plan was to ride across the bridge and head over to the town of Tiburon and from there take a ferry back to the city. And Reader, I did so. I was unabashedly a tourist today. I took as many photos as anyone else who was here for the first time. It’s just such a wonderful place to be able to live.
From Crissy Field it’s a steady up to the bridge. Going across we had to be careful of the dozens of folks on rental bikes as well as pedestrians. And a trike takes up a little more width that usual so I had to be even more patient (not my strong suit). Once across there is a nice zoom down to Sausalito. I meandered a little through the marinas on my way to the bike path north. While doing that I saw a sign for the Bay Model. I’ve gone by that sign a zillion times but never made a point of going in. Today I said, why not? I’m a tourist today, not Parnelli Jones.
The Bay Model was created by the Army Corps of Engineers to study how the tides affect the bay, fluid dynamics, all that stuff. It’s in a 3-acre building that was originally built during WWII as the parts depot for Marinship, a shipyard for building Liberty ships. Bill can tell you all about it. I thought I had arrived at slack tide since there wasn’t much going on as far as I could see, but there was. I learned that the model does a complete day’s tide cycle within 15 minutes. So it’s pretty subtle. These days the bay currents and dynamics can be modeled on a computer so the Bay Model is now open just for educational purposes.
Once I left the Bay Model I rolled along the bike path with the temps getting increasingly hotter. I was baking on the uphills in the more sheltered areas. I didn’t escape the 90 degree day as I was hoping to do. It was taking a little bit out of me and I was out of water by the time I made it to Tiburon. It was a little cooler right by the water but only when a little breeze kicked up.
However, once on the ferry it was wonderfully cool. I hardly sat down the entire trip. I was going upstairs and downstairs and fore and aft taking photos and getting misted by the spray and just loving being on the water.
After debarking in San Francisco I had to navigate through crowded Fisherman’s Wharf and dodge more rental bikes and pedestrians. Just before the big bad hill to Fort Mason I saw that the gate to the Municipal Pier was open, so I turned Pokey that way. Hadn’t been on the pier in ages so another opportunity to be a tourist. From the end there’s a nice view of the wharf and the city and where my wife lived before I knew her.
While getting through Fort Mason and the Marina Green I enjoyed a cool headwind back to Crissy Field. I was pleased to see that despite the heat I managed to ride 29 miles today but then realized that eight of those miles were on the water. All good. What a great day.
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I want to ride my trike
I want to ride my tricycle
I want to ride it where I like
(And I like to ride my bicycle too)