Monday, August 30, 2010

Weekend Round-Up: On the Go

Quite a few bike adventures this weekend! Starting with Critical Mass on Friday with Rob. While I support the cause, I don't usually love this ride - but this was more fun that usual. This time, the route took the thousands of riders out to Bayview, Portola and a few other impoverished-dangerous neighborhoods on the south end of the city rarely seen by most of us. The neighborhood residents celebrated the crowd of riders like a spontaneous parade. Apparently abuelitas love boys in flannel on fixies. (bike photos lent from

Rob left early the next morning for a quick ride. I caught up on some chores and worked on the garden until he returned for turkey bacon and salsa eggs. Super windy day in the city, but I braved the city streets on my own bike for a ride to the hardware store and then downtown for shopping with Rob. He did a big back-to-school stock up at Club Monaco and Old Navy.

From there, to the barbershop at Embarcadero center. During Rob's haircut, I helped call the police for a man (a bit of a shady character himself) who had been beat up in the park - luckily, not too badly hurt. Our city fire and police are so fast - the crew from the fireboat station arrived in less than a minute to help out the guy.

Next, to the Ferry Building for Acme Bread and then home to eat the bread right away. Rob and I polished off a whole pain epi with local herbed goat cheese and butter. This bread is dangerously good. Rob went to volunteer with the Bike Coalition at the Giants game, I had a quiet night at home preparing for the Memphis trip!

Up early Sunday morning to quickly read the paper, drink coffee and eat crossed currant buns from Acme before heading out for a big ride. We passed all
the Alcatraz triathaletes on our way to meet with the Mission Cycling riders. These kitted-up riders didn't quite know what to make of our tandem, but we did a good showing all the way to Paradise Loop.

In Corte Madera, I got a really nice shout-out from an EmilyStyle reader driving by - hi to you! Through the rolling hills on the back of Tiburon and then to Caffe Acri for a snack on their open patio. Rob and I raced the other riders home through Sausalito, keeping up a very fast pace. Into the thick fog over the bridge and back into the sun along San Francisco's waterfront.

A nice hot bath at home. Rob and I read the rest of the Sunday paper with chips and salsa. At 4:00, we thought we might catch a movie downtown. The one we wanted to see was playing an hour later than expected, so we sat at the Yerba Buena fountain and watched the birds splash. A new favorite spot in the city!

Long way home. Chores and planning for the short -and busy- week ahead!

1 comment:

edie said...

How fun to see you cycling through my nabe! Emily Style Rocks!