Wednesday Ride: 15 May 2002

My bicycle club, the Grizzly Peak Cyclists, has over 400 members, and puts on many rides throughout the year. One of my favorite rides is "the Wednesday ride." Every Wednesday of the year, except during inclement weather, a member of the club leads a group of riders on a different ride that is usually between 40 and 60 miles in distance, and always 100% scenic. This ride was led by Pat Evans and the riders met at the Larkspur ferry terminal. We took the ferry across San Francisco Bay to San Francisco, where we started the ride.

We cycled along the Embarcardero through the Fisherman's Wharf area, then we rolled through the decommissioned Army post of Fort Mason; we continued through the Marina area and cycled through the decommissioned Army post of the Presidio. We climbed up and across the Golden Gate Bridge, and headed into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Then we cranked up Conzelman Road, and then descended through the site of the decommissioned Army base of Fort Barry, past Fort Cronkhite on Bunker Road, and through the spooky Barry-Baker Tunnel and dropped into Fort Baker. From the old Fort Baker site, we rolled through Sausalito, and stopped for lunch in Tiburon. After refueling, we cycled onto Paradise Drive on the east side of the Tiburon Peninsula, and headed back to Larkspur, where we started this delightful ride. Stats: 40 miles, 1,850 ft. climb. Temp in the 50-60's, with some wind and haze.

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Larkspur Ferry Terminal at low tide Will, Sandy and Marilyn Nina Pat and Marilyn
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Motoring out of Larkspur, with Mount Tamalpais in the background Sandy and Shelia trying to stay out of the wind and keep warm on the ferry ride Nina San Quentin State Prison. If you look closely, you can see some prisoners outside in the exercise yard.
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San Quentin San Quentin Good bye to San Quentin Mount Tamalpais
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Mount Tamalpais bathed in morning light Angel Island. The site of the former immigration center is at the water's edge. The site was last used as an immigration center in 1940. Angel Island. Coast Guard Station Alcatraz Island
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The skyline of San Francisco San Francisco The western span of the Bay Bridge, with Yerba Buena Island on the left The Bay Bridge and San Francisco
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Downtown San Francisco with the Transamerica Pyramid Downtown San Francisco Nob Hill, with Coit Tower on the summit Nob Hill
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Ferry Terminal, San Francisco. Pat, Nina, Mary, Marilyn, Mark, Sandy and Will Rolling through Fisherman's Wharf Wait, let's get some sourdough bread Aquatic Park
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Fort Mason Fort Mason, with Golden Gate Bridge in background Marina Green soccer game in progress Golden Gate Bridge fron the restored Crissy Air Field site in the Presidio
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Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Air Field Southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Underneath is Fort Point; It was constructed just prior to the Civil War Ah, what a beautiful structure Golden Gate Bridge
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Pedestrian walkway on the eastern side, with the southern tower ahead Southern Tower Plaque commemorating the construction of the bridge. Construction started in 1933 and the bridge was completed in 1937 No, I am not hanging over the side of the bridge.
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Northern tower ahead Western side of the bridge with the Marin Headlands ahead. In the distance you can see the road cut of Conzelman Road, which we will soon ascend. Northen Tower Vista Point, north side of the bridge in Marin County. Patrick, Ellen, Robert, Sandy, Shelia, Pat, Nina Mark and Will
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View from Conzelman Road Another view from Conzelman Road Near the top of Conzelman Road. Mary Allen cranking on up The descent down the west side of Conzelman Road. Pacific Ocean on the left.
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Down, down, down Regrouping above Fort Barry Site of a Nike Missile launching pad. The Nike missile was a liquid fuelded, surface to air, defensive armament that was used in the late 1950's and early 1960's Rolling down Bunker Road
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Yes! Lunch in Tiburon Shelia Nina Susan. She just dropped by at lunch to say hello
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Sandy

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