I've been waiting for this day for two or three weeks...
The Kaitai's been in the shop getting a new chain and cassette and got all the cables and bearings adjusted up.
It was finally ready for pickup and the weather just couldn't be more perfect for me; blues skies, light breeze, wispy clouds in the air. Warm but a bit on the cool side. I wore the removable liner from a pair of shorts I have. Yes, I wore tights today.
The shop is on Howard Street and I had it all planned out: Ride Across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Here's the route
Ack! I forgot my computer. No speed, no cadence, no mileage... the only think I have to go by is my HR and how I feel. What a concept.
I planned the route to avoid climbs today but had to do one 1/2 miler and did one 1/4 miler by choice. You know me.
It takes me along the Embarcadero alomgside the SF Bay, past Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, the Marina (which you remember from Loma Prieta in 1989), The Presidio (owned by George Lucas now) and to the Bridge across to Marin County.
From here, you can also see Aquatic Cove Pier in the Marina and my goal beyond.
And now I've made it to the pier and my goal is getting closer.
I posted a shot of Mt Tam from my back deck. Here it is a little closer, from the Pier
Then I turned around to look back at the SF skyline
Coming off of the pier I saw short but fairly sharp (I'm guessing 6-7% maybe more?) quarter mile climb.
I'm feeling pretty good. I'm on the Kaitai. Focusing on my pace and breathing, up I go. I'm passing people! My goodness... it's easy. Really. I never got my heart never got above 155. It's worth mentioning that I only got over 160 twice the whole time. When it got to the top I could here some band playing at the Oyster and Beer Fest. What ever that is.
It was a nice find.. the band, not the fest... the had it screened off for paid admission. Sorry, not today. As I was leaving, the band started up on Sunny Afternnon by the Kinks. Sweet. I had that in my head for the rest of the ride. "In the summer tiiiiiiime. In the summertiiiiime" Who needs an iPod?
So, farther on, I missed my turn off to the Bridge and ended up at Fort Point under the bridge.
Well, what the hey, this is a nice place to stop for lunch, so... why not?
The turn was a 1/4 mile back and turned out to be 1/2 mile+ uphill.. again, easy.
Once at the top, one quick turn and I'm on the bridge.
After an long, easy ride across. I'm in Marin County looking back at San Francisco. I made it!
So, I head back and take this shot south, down the coast.
A few miles just on the other side is where I live.
And now I'm back at the SF anchorage. The GG Bridge draws tourists from all over the world.
A Japanese tourist took this shot of one happy guy.
The beauty of the Kaitai is that I can take it anywhere.
Along the Marina, I followed a rode through a parking lot to a gravel trail.
At the end of that trail was this view of Alcatraz. The wind brings out the sailboats on the bay.
But you don't get to see them... posting limits. Sorry.
One thing I realized today is that I am truly lucky to be alive and nothing makes me feel more alive than to be able to push a bicycle along with nothing but my own abilities and to do the things I did today.
You all know exactly what I feel.