26.08.2010 - 26.08.2010 13 °C
All of a sudden the glorious weather has diappeared. I woke this morning to find fog hanging over the city. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
In hindsight I was actually fortunate with today's weather, because today's activity involved substantial physical exertion. I hired a bike to explore the city's outer limits. I picked the bike up in Fisherman's Wharf and began by making my way along the Bay shore up to the Golden Gate Bridge. The cycle to the Bridge from the bike shop was about three or four miles and it was a further two over to the Gate's other side. Unfortunately the fog was hanging over the Bridge so I really couldn't get any of the photos that I wanted, but cycling through the fog, ringing my bell to warn pedestrians who might be in the cloud but who I couldn't see, was an experience to say the least! The strong wind on the other side made spending much time there uncomfortable so I was soon back on my bike (yes, helmet on also, making me quite a picture!) and back over the Bridge.
Once back on the city side I headed west along the shore, past popular Baker Beach and around the city's rump to Golden Gate Park. This was all about a nine mile trip. I thought Golden Gate Park would be something like New York's Central Park, but it felt much wilder. The trees were imposing and it generally less maintained. What else does it have that Central Park doesn't? That would be a bison farm - very random. After both cycling and walking up and then down many hills I returned to the bike shop late in the afternoon, all in all doing about twenty miles of cycling, which was a much needed cardio workout.