I finally rode with the girls again! The weather is in the low 60s and I was almost overdressed for the ride in my coat. We got a late start and were dreading the bridge crossing but the tourist contingent still must have been sleeping because we didn’t end up dodging too many I Love San Francisco sweatshirt-clad people staring up at the bridge, oblivious to all else. I was nearly knocked off my bike from the strong wind coming around the first tower and braced myself before hitting the second. Smooth sailing all the way down to Sausalito then out to the end of the bike path, but my excessive tea drinking pre-ride left me uncomfortable on the way back, so we stopped at a public restroom. I walked in first and was greeting by a shaggy little dog running around in circles. I was startled but amused.
Two of us had the time for a coffee break at Cibo before attacking the hill back up to the bridge. We ordered our coffee then chose a table in the sun. Ahhh… I love San Francisco! RC and I got into a discussion about how people are so tuned into electronic devices, we’ve forgotten how to communicate in person. We made a pact that we would greet or smile at one random person on the street each day. I’m heading to the South soon so that shouldn’t be difficult. We soaked in the sun for an hour then she pulled me out of Sausalito and after another stressfully windy ride across the bridge we yelled our goodbyes and went our separate ways. On my ride home, I passed a construction worked and shouted a “good morning”. He looked up, startled then said the same back. Hmmm…. not so difficult!
22 mile ride, 2 climbs in steady, low gear, back tired by the end but leg feeling good