Part 3 of my San Francisco: FUN posts!
The ultimate touristy thing to do in San Francisco is bike across the Golden Gate Bridge! Dangerous Dan and I decided to make a whole day out of it, although the actual bike ride across the bridge doesn’t take too long.
We wanted to check out the Presidio, a former military base and beautiful park in the northwest part of the city. We took the bus to the Presidio and headed to Sports Basement to rent our bikes (around $35 per person – the bikes came with a lock and a helmet!). The Presidio has lots to explore – such as LucasFilm studios, where a little Yoda fountain greeted us! (Just a note, we went inside and started taking pictures of the fun Star Wars statues but apparently that’s not allowed!)
The bike ride within the Presidio was a bit difficult for me on account of the cars and hills. Once we’d explored enough of the grounds, we headed towards the Golden Gate Bridge, taking a path along Crissy Field Beach. This path was nice and flat and wide, and there were great views of the bridge!
We had to head up a steep hill in order to get to the bridge, and this was where, amidst my screams of fear and frustration and confusion, Dangerous Dan taught me about the different gears of a bike! Once I switched to a lower gear, biking uphill became much more manageable. Our ride across the Golden Gate Bridge took around half an hour because we stopped to take pictures, biked very slowly to avoid hitting pedestrians, and we also walked parts of the bridge when it got too crowded.
We didn’t just cross the bridge for the sake of crossing it, though! We decided to bike all the way to the cute little seaside town of Sausalito. We originally wanted to follow this helpful guide and take a safer route to the town, but we weren’t able to find the path so we just took the main route. I was pretty nervous because I had never biked alongside cars before this point. (Suburbia allows me to bike on the sidewalk because everyone just drives and so there are zero pedestrians!) However, the roads are fairly wide, so we were able to have a care-free ride, even with cars zipping past us! The ride was pretty easy as well because it was mostly downhill.
That helpful guide we used also recommended a restaurant called Fish (such a cute name!). I really should’ve googled directions first, because we zoomed past the busy commercial area by the ferry terminal and biked and biked and biked all the way to the other end of the town! It took around 10-15 minutes after arriving in Sausalito to reach the restaurant, which is in a small parking lot-heavy complex by the marina.
The food at Fish was delicious and seafoody! We ordered poke with deep fried wonton chips, homemade rippled chips with a clam dip, and a tuna melt! Dangerous Dan went to wash his hands and I happily brought the food out to the outdoor picnic tables, when suddenly a flock of seagulls came and attacked me and stole some of my chips!!!! So I hurried back inside and Dangerous Dan and I enjoyed our meal far away from those aggressive creatures!
The ride back through Sausalito felt much quicker. A wonderful service is available for those who don’t prefer biking uphill back to San Francisco. We left our bikes at Sausalito Bike Return, which helps visitors return their bikes for a small fee of $12 per bike. Then we took the ferry back to San Francisco and our tired legs were thankful for the break.
Well, that’s that for my San Francisco posts! It took me like 3 months to write all of them … what a wonderfully long-winded way to live vicariously through my own travels!
P.S. Here is my San Francisco at-a-glance post, if you’d like to relive the entire adventure once again!