Little by little I’m working on riding as much of the 500 miles of the San Francisco Bay Trail as I can. It’s not all official or even all built yet, but there’s a lot of it to ride. One particularly narsty-looking section is near San Francisco International Airport, or SFO. The area north of it is not particularly scenic either. But, it’s flat. And the sky was blue. The marine layer was keeping it cool. I was looking for adventure. A recipe for success, no?
I drove up to a spot just south of the airport where I had ended a ride a couple of years ago. I was about to try riding around a major international airport. Amazingly there are bike lanes on the access roads around it (I even passed a bike parking place). I first saw that riding around here was doable when I learned about the SF2G ride. SF2G is a 45 mile route from SF to the main Google campus in Mountain View. It’s not a pretty ride but a good way to get from A to B.
When I got past the main part of the airport I came upon some construction that completely blocked the street. Grrr. The detour would be major and nasty. Ah well. I decided to just poke around the north side of the airport and see what there is to see. There was an alternate part of the Bay Trail I was going to skip but We Are Nothing If Not Flexible (TM) whether we like it or not (TM). I thought it would be fun to get by the water that I only see on takeoffs and landings.
As I was exploring the sights I had been thinking about that construction blockage. The SF2G bike route goes through there. Bike commuters around here are being more proactive about keeping ways open through construction, and thankfully the agencies and contractors are listening. So, I was going to look for a way to continue north. Sure enough, though not obvious, there was a way through. Phew.
The scenery became office parks and hotels. I knew there were secret passages to find that made the SF2G route so good to secret passage nerds like me.
When I got as far north as I was gonna get today, there was a couple on a tandem who also were stopped at the end of the path, also hoping the maps were wrong. We had a lovely conversation about doing the AIDS ride and Adventure Cycling and touring and they too were trying to get more miles of the Bay Trail done.
Then it was time to head south. My route was more along the water now. The plan was to maximize the prevailing wind so it would be at my back on the return leg. That plan did not work as well as I thought since the area is so incised at right angles from its shipbuilding days that sometimes I turned right into the wind. Nothing major but shoulda known.
What I didn’t show you were all the photos with planes in them. They of course were a constant presence. I’d hear a roar and then look for the plane but sometimes wouldn’t see it taking off. Finally I figured out I was also hearing the roar of the jets landing, putting out all that power to slow them down.
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I want to ride my tricycle
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)