September 3, 2018 9 miles
I had a hankering to ride more of the San Francisco Bay Trail, this time starting from the Presidio near the Golden Gate Bridge and heading south by the bay to a park I’d not visited yet called Heron’s Head. When I got to the Presidio it was cold and foggy and windy, typical SF summer weather. It was not inspiring. I expect sunshine and gentle zephyrs when I pedal around my happy place along the water. And there were the crowds. It was Labor Day, a major US holiday that marks the end of summer. I expect no crowds when I visit my happy place; do you? I decided against Heron’s Head because the crowds would not improve along my route, which goes through major tourist areas. I briefly considered going back home where it was warmer if a bit smokier from the wildfires around the state. Then I thought, nah, let’s explore the Presidio some more. I always find something new here. So I ended up taking a 3-hour tour over nine miles. And the something new? A great reuse of one of the military remnants with my favorite sign of the day.
By the way, I managed to take lots of photos with signs and lots with my bike but nary a one with both bike and sign. Ah well.
Did you know you can camp in San Francisco?
So I’m thinking …. dangerous, yes …. anyone else wanna go in on a campsite next year? We can ride from wherever (I could do a nice long ride from home) and meet at Rob Hill.
I noticed on the map that there was a battery that I hadn’t heard of before, so I kinda bushwacked my way from the campground to the street it was on. At first I saw some of the remnants behind some chainlink fence. A playground overlooked that part of the battery, and some community garden plots. As I went further I along I came to something I’d not known about before.
The gate was open. Someone was in a construction trailer-type building working on a computer. He happened to look out the window. We waved at each other. I pedaled around a little, exploring.
I had no idea of the scale of these things, and how big those mortars must have been. They could shoot a distance of eight miles. However, I am totally on board with using the magazines as wine storage. What a great idea.
There are several trails for bikes that are off-road. Makes for a nice change and makes you feel like you could take on the Great Divide route.
I like coming upon art when I ride. “Spire” is something I look for whenever I’m in the Presidio. It also means that you’re close to the Presidio Golf Course clubhouse which has restrooms.
I found myself at the main post and noodled around there a while.
I made my way back down to the water and rode through the crowds. As I rolled up to the back of my car I encountered a little boy who was just getting out of his car with his mother and some friends. I let out a little whoop to congratulate myself. He like that. He also liked the trike. As I got myself ready to reload he explored the bike and the bell and the pedals. We had quite the conversation about all of them. Mom said they would be bringing their bikes next time.