Friday, July 13, 2007

I love SF

We've had some spectacular weather in the past few days, with highs in the pleasant 70's and cool mornings. As I rode home from my bike ride this morning, I reflected on how happy I was to be in bike shorts and a short-sleeve shirt, and to be neither hot nor cold. The sun was warm and the shade was pleasantly cool, and I felt so grateful and happy to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, and up Conzelman Road to the top of the Marin Headlands. The one-way portion of Conzelman is incredibly steep and it would take a lot of grip strength to come to a complete stop on the bike. Careless riding could end in disaster, since some of the corners have steep cliffs over their edges. It would be a long fall into the water/rocks below.

From the top of Conzelman, I could see the Bay Bridge, interrupted by Yerba Buena Island, and the Berkeley/Oakland hills in the distance. San Francisco was gleaming in the morning sunshine and the Golden Gate Bridge, currently receiving a fresh coat of its red-orange paint, was its usual, glamorous self. To the west was the unending Pacific Ocean with occasional smaller boats and one "Hyundai" cargo ship hauling out to sea. I reflected there for several minutes, before beginning my descent and winding my way through the hills of the Headlands.

5 comments:

Shane and Becca said...

LUCKY!!!!!!!

Carol said...

Great descriptions! I'm living vicariously through your bike ride after sweating my way through a hot, humid run this morning here in TX. Hope to get back to SF for a visit soon and soak up some of those views as well as the awesome weather!

Mom said...

Anne, what a beautiful bike ride!
Today I left early and rode my bike along Wasatch Drive. I could see down into Salt Lake Valley, a nice view. The ride wasn't dangerous though, no precarious edges--actually practically flat all the way once I got up to Wasatch!

AliRae said...

Anne, I love your description of the city and your ride! Thanks so much for your recent support in me and my knee surgery recovery. It seems so minor in relation to what you go through every day. Don't forget how amazing and strong you are and all the things you are doing for your cause. It's one thing for someone to fight for a cure for themselves, but I believe you want it for everone that diabetes has ever touched. I pray that cure is found soon.

Wingman said...

That post is exactly why Berkeley remains one of my top choices for MBA programs - well besides the fact it's an awesome school but its just so amazing to be outside in San Fran.