A Bike Trip to Death Valley
Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Sunday 18 June. Petulama to San Francisco.

Today's Sunday bike ride was to San Francisco. Another day of clear blue skies but a little cooler than of late under the influence of the cool Pacific. Temperatures reached 75 f.

We started from Petulama on backroads over the rolling coastal hills. After 15 miles we crossed into Marin County and joined US Highway 1 heading southbound towards San Francisco. We had our first view of the Pacific as we rode alongside Tomales Bay and down to Point Reyes and the "Bovine Bakery" a well known hangout for local cyclists (bicyclists) out for a Sunday ride from San Francisco. We joined the crowd eating suitably giant sized buns.

We stopped for lunch at a beach resort before a stiff 600ft climb above the Pacific Rollers. Then it was down to sea level again and another 600ft climb over the hills of the Peninsula to Sausalito.

We soon had our first view of the Golden Gate Bridge and rode up to the famous Battery Viewpoint on the Marin County headland for the inevitable photo stop. Then down to the Bridge and across on the Bikepath. The strong wind whistling across the Bay made us glad of the heavy panniers anchoring our bikes to the bridge.

We took a great bikepath into the City alongside the Bay with views of the Bridge and on to the Marina District. Then inland a few blocks to the Marina Motel on Lombard Street. This was a good place to stay with an internal courtyard decorated by many flowers.

70.3 miles for the day with 3884 ft of climbing.


remote Posted by Edwin at 12:09 PM BST

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