Saturday, March 10, 2018 6 miles
Good morning and Happy CLC18!
My first ride is my commute to work. I changed work sites about six months ago, and it’s a flat flat flat (except for a freeway overpass) five mile ride. I have to be at work early, and since October I’ve arrived at the office near or before sunrise. I’ve enjoyed how different they’ve been every day.
But I would not see a sunrise today because it was so overcast and foggy. Rain is in the forecast which we’re very happy about in our part of California.
So below is my typical route with a few extra stops thrown in at the end to show you more of my workplace. I go through typical Silicon Valley upscale suburban blight, over a major freeway, through some office building parking lots, and out to the bay. C’mon along.
It’s light out but still dark enough to need lights.
Traffic was just horrendous this Saturday morning.
Long-time followers of Your Faithful Correspondent know we have a liking for Secret Passages
The horrendous traffic spills over to the residential streets.
A nice garden that really popped out in the early-morning gloom and overcast light.
Stop and set a spell
Um. This is new. I ride this way a lot and I’ve never seen it before.
The Wild and Scenic (sic) Matadero Creek on its way to San Francisco Bay.
We go up and over the concrete river that is US 101, an eight-lane beauty at this point. And this is our annual photo of the “Walk Bikes” joke.
Another secret passage, this time between office building parking lots.
Old timers: Remember when I did rides at different places around San Francisco Bay and I kept running into smelly water treatment plants? Well, now I work near one! One wag told me it’s where the effluent meets the affluent.
Now we’re getting closer to the office. A duck pond is nearby. It was originally built to be a salt water bathing area for humans but it didn’t really work and it (used to be) rarely warm enough to be comfortable swimming out here near the bay. We also used to have a lot more ducks on it until we finally were able to pass an ordinance against feeding wildlife. It’s a much cleaner, calmer place now.
The old sea scout building, once sinking into the mud but purchased and restored by a local volunteer organization just a few years ago. Designed by a locally famous architect, Birge Clark, I recently learned it’s one of the few examples in California of Art Deco Moderne (are you impressed with my knowledge?). As you can see it sits right on the old yacht harbor.
The yacht harbor. Dredging got to be a problem, not only because it was needed constantly due to the tide bringing in fresh mud twice a day, but because the Clean Water Act made it more difficult to get rid of the spoils – no more dumping it just anywhere in the bay any more.
You never know what you’re going to be facing when you get to work. First task of the day will be taking care of this ex-bird.
Our picnic area, complete with abandoned google bike. I wouldn’t think you’d want to sit out here with the wind and sometimes fog, but actually it’s quite a nice little spot and well used.
We have a nature center out here. The lagoon before it is part of the original creek channel of the major watershed in these parts. Now the creek is in a channel to the north about a half mile. Engineers!
Ahhh. We’re pretty much at the bay right now. An open area of the marsh, more marsh, then open water.
Now we’re really at San Francisco Bay. You can put in here with your windsurfing board, or kayak, or canoe. It’s a bit on the windless side, so maybe no windsurfing right now.
Uh-oh again. An ex-jackrabbit. I haven’t had to clean up this much wildlife in a long time.
The old harbor master’s home is our ranger station. It houses three desks, a small conference table, a locker room/kitchen, and bathroom.
Proof of purchase: lower right I had a bowl of scrambled eggs I brought in from home.
CLC18 Ride 1 route: off to work we go