Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 3: Port o’ Call

Monday, October 23, 2018 / 3 miles /

Lovely day to drive about 15 minutes up the freeway to a bayside destination with the wife where she could stroll and I could roll and both end up at a cafe. That’s one good thing about the trike – you can go at walking speed without falling over.

We drove up to the Redwood City Seaport. There is actually a deep-water port in Redwood City, despite the southern San Francisco Bay being relatively shallow and muddy. Mostly cement aggregate and scrap metal are shipped out of here. Until a few years ago a lot of sea salt was shipped out of here too.

At the very end of Seaport Blvd is a high-rise office park with a public shore. We started out there.

The wife decided she wanted to walk somewhere further inshore that would be less windy. We parted to meet up later at the cafe in another nearby office park, one where we both used to work but for different companies (we even were in the same building for a short time; the only place we could meet inside was at the restrooms in the interior corridor between the secure doors to our respective offices). I rolled along the water for a bit, by some old salt ponds, the port, a marina, then into the other office park.

The public shore at the seaport. where Redwood Creek and other sloughs through the marsh make it to San Francisco Bay.
The offices at the seaport have a pretty decent view.
We’re out of the seaport office park and rolling next to a salt pond – the darker brown stuff you can see. I couldn’t tell if it was still harvested here or not. Lots of the ponds were sold to the feds to add to the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge and are being restored to marshland.
Some of the infrastructure left from the salt harvesting – buidings and such. The salt was harvested by a big scraper that loaded it into tiny rail cars, then carted to these buildings where it was put into a slurry and piped over to the port. The tracks for the rail cars were laid on the salt and moved as they harvested the salt.
The mighty Redwood City Seaport, taken a few years ago on a quiet Sunday. Too many big trucks running through here today to make it safe for bicycles so we went to the archives. This is aggregate being loaded or unloaded from a tanker (the orange thing).
Here’s part of the port where you can look out to the open water of SF Bay. Took me three tries to get the entire mast of that boat.
I remembered a boardwalk near the marina that was always humming, and I found it. But I forgot it wasn’t trikeworthy to get there.
However, Pokey and I were undaunted. We we made it up even though we had a few words. The salt pipeline ran under this boardwalk. It sort of hummed when it was running.
Beyond that palm tree there was always a pile of salt, maybe 4-5 stories high, dumped out from the pipe. Then a conveyor carried the salt up and over into the hold of a cargo ship that docked where those pilings are out in the distance.
Off the boardwalk and into the next office park. So, coupla things here: Yes we do have fall! And yes, the buffered bike lane does not get cleared that often.
One more for the October reflectie challenge. See if you notice how clever this one was, unintentionally.

I had a hard time at the cafe for some reason. I went over to the coffee urns but couldn’t find the cups. Went back to the counter to ask. They were right next to the urns. Poured coffee; all cold. Back to the counter. Got a hot coffee soon enough. Looked for napkins. Back to the counter. Right there on your left. This happened with so many things I told the gal at the counter I was going to hire her to be my personal guide.

Ride 3: wife, bike, coffee.

When we got ourselves situated outside at a table coffeeneuring photos were taken and conversation could start, I gesticulated as is my wont and also as is my wont knocked the coffee all over the table and me.

We had plans to go further but we decided to call it a day and beat traffic back home.

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11 response to "Coffeeneuring 2018 Ride 3: Port o’ Call"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: October 30, 2018

    We first docked our boat at Peninsula Marina which is now paved over and one of those office buildings you passed by😂😂 Peet’s Harbor was a jumping place too but think it is gone too…..change right!! Can’t believe the salt factories are gone too……loved the red water before harvest.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: October 30, 2018

      Yeah, that whole area has changed a lot.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: October 31, 2018

    Nice when a couple that has different interested can each do their thing with each other ;’-). That was a difficult way of trying to say something, and I hope you can understand what it is I am saying!!
    Anyway, nice photos and beautiful weather you have. Thanks for the post.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 1, 2018

      It’s essential, is it not, to have different interests? So much less boring.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: October 31, 2018

    Interesting history of the salt industry.
    Good selfie – but what was the specially and unintentionally clever thing you did?

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 1, 2018

      Bill and Nancy got it. Look at the top of the photo.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 31, 2018

    See if you notice how clever this one was

    Is that an extra reflection of you up at the top edge of the photo?

    • By: NancyG Posted: October 31, 2018

      That is what I saw too.

      • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 1, 2018

        That’s right. And what’s more, if you were able to blow it up a little, you can see Pokey a bit better than just the flag.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 1, 2018

      Yes it is. Well spotted, sir.

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