Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / 16 miles /
By some miracle, four neighboring cities and a town on the San Francisco peninsula agreed on something. It’s called the Peninsula Bikeway, a designated route on surface streets connecting the cities and town. They even agreed on the signage. And even more of a miracle, the route coincided quite a bit with how I usually get through these places. There were a few differences, though, so I decided to ride a part of the bikeway for my fourth coffeeneuring ride.
I drove a couple of cities away and parked at the Menlo Park civic center in Burgess Park. I’d never parked there before, and I never noticed that the library was there. I kept that in mind for later.
As I was riding through the parking lot, a resident walked past me. He saw me, said, “Aaaaand we have a winner!” and dropped his arm like he had a checkered flag. I raised my arms in victory! Take ’em when you get ’em.
Now that I’d reached the northern end of the bikeway, I wanted my coffeeneuring. I was hoping a friend of mine would be home, but she wasn’t. I had to go to plan B, the nearest Starbucks. I did about an extra mile going back and forth which was not fun since I really needed a pit stop. They were playing the worst head-banging metal in the shop, so I just pedaled to a nearby park to finish my iced tea, do a crossword, enjoy a rest. After this I continued back on a slightly different route. It took me near another friend who I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I couldn’t even remember her house number although I did get the right street. I called her as I was riding up and down her street. She picked up immediately, surprised but glad to hear from me (oops). “Are you home?” “Err, yes, but I am by the door with jacket in hand.” “Great. I’m somewhere on your street. What number are you?” She told me and came outside. I was only one door away. It was great to see her. We quickly caught up then went our separate ways. She passed me in her car a little while later and yelled out the window to stop taking up so much of the road.
All in all, the bikeway is a good route, especially for commuting. One or two arterial crossings are a bit dicey, but they’re open to changes based on feedback, they say. I wrote them about the one crossing I had to make from the senior housing driveway but haven’t heard back.