I made last minute plans to come into San Francisco this morning (I already commute 4 hours a day to/from the city for work Monday-Friday, so I rarely want to make that trip again on the weekends) when I found out Kristina’s brother Ben was in town for the weekend. I haven’t seen him in year, so it was a good reason to make the trek! I drove to Ashby BART to leave my car, and then Kristina picked me up to drive into the city to her cousins in the Haight-Ashbury area of SF. We have brunch at Sparrow (YUM!) – I had the french toast – if you go, you must try it!
French Toast – Hazelnut Chocolate, Caramelized Banana And Pure Maple Syrup – no explanation needed but COME ON! Nutella and bananas on top of delicious french toast?! SOLD!!
I ordered an egg on the side to get a little protein in for the day, but pretty much took my last 2 pieces of french toast and dragged them along the entire plate to soak up every bit of that deliciousness. I mean, you shouldn’t waste, right?
We then drove over to Sports Basement to rent bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve run across the bridge multiple times during races, but have never ridden a bike across it. It was getting a little chiller as we drove through the Marina and could barely see the bottom of the bridge as we got closer. After renting our bikes, we set off towards the bridge, but made sure to stop at Hopper’s Hands for a photo opp!
We then turned around and headed back towards the hill into the Presidio that starts the climb up to the base of the bridge. HILL OH MY GOD. My quads were on FIYAH! We made it up another winding hill (+ trail detour) and started across the bridge. It was getting cold fast! and windy.
Visibility wasn’t great at all, but we still wanted to stop to take some more pictures.
It was so cold and windy by this time that I could barely feel my face and hands , but we still had 2/3 of the bridge to cover, so we had to press on! We got about 2/3 of the way across the bridge and it started to clear up, the skies were getting blue and we could see how beautiful it was in Sausalito!
But then we realized that there were only 2 people behind me at that point (there were supposed to be 4). We waited a few minutes and then Ben went back. Turns out the chain came off on one of the bikes shortly after we had taken off the last time, so we decided to turn back – it was FREEZING on the ride back to them; literally freezing. My body was shivering, I couldn’t feel my face of hands and my pants were so cold it felt like they were wet (not great when it feels like you peed your pants without your memory haha). We go the chain fixed up and headed back towards Sports Basement, where the clouds went away and the temperatures rose by about 5 degrees within that short ride. San Francisco weather is crazy. Karl the fog was out in full force today.
How did you spend your Saturday?