Despite my intentions my bicycling has been minimal this summer. Summer in SF, especially on the westside where I live, is notoriously cold and foggy. This year has been no different, and I have been having a really hard time convincing myself I should go out on a bike ride when all I can see out the window is dreariness. For the most part, if I could just get out the door I would have a good time. Although sometimes is can be windy or drizzly as well.
On Friday the SF Bicycle Coalition put together the first of three Love Your Lanes group rides to celebrate the new bike lanes built in the last year. This one was to Speakeasy Brewery in the oft forgotten southeast corner of the city. I love Speakeasy and have fond memories of going there on Friday afternoons when I worked in the Bayview several years ago. I decided I should probably jump back into riding with this event. It was a bit daunting since I would first have to ride about 5 miles to downtown to meet the group, and additionally I would have to make the 9 mile ride back home across the city alone and in on streets I was not familiar with cycling on. But I got out the door – obviously, or I wouldn’t be making this blog post.
It was foggy in my neighborhood, but I was happy to find sun on the east side. I made it!
I didn’t take any pictures of the group or the mass of bicycles locked up around the outside but here are a couple of the brewery.
I was hoping to find someone to ride home with and ended up making friends with a girl from the west side who was probably the one person to know less about cycling in SF than myself. She moved to the city from Rochester 6 months ago. She asked if she could follow me home so suddenly I was the leader of a journey I had never made. Still I was glad to have someone to ride back with.
The sun was setting when we left and it took about an hour to ride home, so it was also the longest night time ride I have ever taken. Anyway, fun thing about the east side: you can see sunsets there. Here is the view looking west and east from the same spot on the bridge over Islais Creek.
My total ride was just over 16 miles! When I got home I pretty much just passed out. I didn’t feel great, and thought I should probably eat something or drink more water but I didn’t feel hungry and all I could do was sleep. I think I overdid it a bit since I didn’t sleep well, and I wasn’t really back to 100% until Saturday afternoon. But I’m glad I went on the ride and I know I need to ride more often to be able to pedal across the city without having to pass out when I get home.