After the storm cleared up this morning, I decided to go for a bike ride. I ended up doing a 25 mile loop around the city. Here are some photos from my ride.
On my way to watch the sunrise this morning, I saw a coyote walking around in the middle of the road. There was a woman curiously chasing them around. She introduced herself to me, sharing some basic guidelines around coyote interaction and safety. If you want to learn more about Coyotes in San Francisco, check out Janet Kessler’s blog.
I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t bring my camera along with me this morning—it could have been a great photo opportunity. Instead, I shot a Facebook live video.
According to my conversation with Janet, coyotes were hunted for such a long time that they virtually disappeared from San Francisco; however, in recent years they’ve come back and repopulated. The coyotes roam along the streets, often chasing and stopping cars. People typically feed them, which encourages this unusual behavior.
As the coyotes return, Janet explained to me that everyone in San Francisco will need to find a way to co-exist with them without feeding them, similar to raccoons or skunks.
Here are some tips from her website:
• Never feed them
• Don’t approach them
• Walk on and don’t linger
• Keep dogs leashed
• Don’t let cats roam free
And here are some photos from her website so you can get a closer look at the coyotes.
Wow, so I am so behind on blogging. Like, I have photos from months ago that I haven’t shared. Anyway, I’ve gotta get better about posting more content more frequently.
Anyway, I wanted to share some photos of when Annie and Julia came to visit me in SF. I had tried out some electric bikes before, but this was the first time I actually went for a real ride–we ended up riding around Embarcadero, Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and all the way to Sausalito.
Side note, I’m not a huge fan of Blue Bottle. I love their logo, but their coffee is just too bitter for me. If you ask me, I’m more of a Philz Coffee kind of guy.
When we got to Blazing Saddles, they made us watch a video about the tour, and then they let us try different bikes. At the time, I really wanted to try out a Stromer, but the only models they had were really old ones. They had one really new model on display, and I wanted to rent that one, but they gave me some old beat up model. Fortunately, I spoke to the owner and they straightened everything out. We ended up renting their own home made electric bikes, and they were actually really impressive.
A thick fog rolled in in a matter of minutes, and we could hardly see anything when we were on the bridge. It was a little unnerving, not to mention really cold. I think we were all underdressed on this bike tour.
I wasn’t joking about the fog. It was literally rolling across the entire bay in a matter of minutes. The fog was carried by a strong brisk wind, with strong gusts.
I have to say that the bikes built by Blazing Saddle were exceptional. They were comfortable, easy to ride, and most importantly provided enough assist on even the toughest hills. The the best part was that they had plenty of power–we literally road for hours and had plenty of juice left by the end of the ride.
One of the most breath taking scenes was observing how the fog would blanket the side of the hills around Sausalito. The fog would cascade over tree tops like a waterfall over rocks.
The sun started setting when we got to Sausalito, so we enjoyed the view and prepared to head back on a ferry.
While this neighborhood looks upscaled and nice, I will warn all cyclists that the drivers around here are a little reckless. Watch out for the crazies, because they sure don’t give a damn about cyclists on the road.
I can’t help but to think how much my dad would love this part of town. There’s something about it that feels small, but upscale. It reminds me a lot of Reedville, VA (but a rich version in California).
They had a nice warm welcome when we returned. I have to say that Blazing Saddle offered a really good experience and I would definitely go there again to rent a bike (if I needed one).
Annie and Julia will be back soon, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we’ll be doing this again. Only this time, I have my own personal electric bike that I can use.
I was able to get home a little earlier and catch the sunset earlier this week, on my bike ride home.
This is a great reminder for me to get outside and enjoy the view.
This past weekend I helped Sol move. He doesn’t have that much stuff, but it’s crazy to see how much energy it takes to move just a few things. Moving is a bitch. Hah!
Sol’s new apartment is pretty nice—it’s got plenty of natural light, an open space, and a small balcony. I’m really happy for him. He got a great deal, and think he needed to change things up a little.
I took my e-bike out for a 40 mile ride yesterday around San Francisco and Sausalito. I’m happy to say that the bike had just enough juice to get me there and back.
I think if my ride had no stops, I could have easily gotten 50 miles out of the battery. On the other hand, if I maxed out the electic assist, I probably would have only gotten 25 miles.
Truth be told, I actually made my way up to Mill Valley (a couple miles north of Sausalito). I always wanted to check out some of the scenic paths in Richardson Bay.
The tidal action of Richardson Bay is very important to the plants and animals that live in and around the bay shore. The profile of the shoreline can be divided into zones that are affected by different tidal heights. Plants and animals that can surviv for longer periods of time exposed to air, wind and sunlight are located at higher elevations. Others must live at lower elevations where they will be covered by water for longer periods of time. The birds that rely on the bay shore for their food and shelter are also influenced by the effects of the tides. Each bird has adapted its foraging technique to the particular kinds of food that it eats. Some ducks dive for fish, others dabble for algae and invertebrate. Many shore birds have long legs and long beaks to probe the mud in shallow water, while others have short legs and short beaks and look for food along the tide line.
Good thing I had just enough juice to get home. Whew.
On a side note, I’ve been commuting with an e-bike for the last week, and it’s been a great experience. No more sitting with homeless people in public transportation or incompetent uber pool drivers. Okay, that’s a generalization, but I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s way more enjoyable to commute via bike.