Posts Tagged ‘ride’

MANSPLAINER: How Tourists Should Get Their Rental Bikes Over The Bridge to Sausalito on Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

[Mansplaining means giving advice without being asked, is one definition. Apologies.]

Attention Frisco Tourists / Visitors, I’m talking at hundreds and hundreds of you:

You are about to have a big headache, as a great bulk of our Presidio will be closed on Saturday, August 26th. Both of these zones will be bike-free areas.

Captureukhkuh

So here’s what you do. Instead of renting up at Fisherman’s Wharf, rent your ride near the Ferry Building and go down Market, take the Wiggle route to the Panhandle to JFK Drive. Then hang a right at the Rose Garden (feel free to walk your bike north to Fulton or take the unpaved bike route to the right (east) of the garden, then take 14th Ave or whateever, then take a long uphill through that damn golf course, then take Washington to Lincoln Boulevard (not that other Lincoln) and then a left on Merchant and then you are all set up for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or, go your own way. Ferry Building to Rose Garden to Sausalito. (Oddly enough, Google Maps now recommends the superior McAllister Street route over the vaunted Wiggle, but since the Wiggle is mostly for amateurs anyway, feel free.)

Capturedsddddfghghgt

Or you can take the Geary #38 bus with your bikes placed on the rack on the front of the bus all the way out to 25th Avenue and then bike the rest of the way.

Or you can rely on real-time Google Maps, which very possibly might be live-updated with the no-go zones.

Or you can go to the Ferry Building to take the ferry TO Sausalito. (This could very well be the better option on any day, as there are a lot of tourists who get back to SF this way.) Then you’ll have a laborious ride to climb out of Sausalito on your way back, but once you hit Frisco, it’ll be mostly downhill. I mean, really, you are starting and ending up at sea level, so the amount of effort is about the same.

Or you rent your ride at the Fish Wharf, follow the route to the Marina Green, discover that you are screwed and then maybe look left up that massive hill and start pushing. Divisidero is one option. Then get into the non-closed part of the Presidio to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

Capturehdfgdfg

Baby, that’s steep, even for Frisco. Some blocks on other streets on this hill have stair steps cut into the sidewalk. And of course, you and your bike should stay off of the Lyon Street Steps, the direct route around the Presidio from the (Old) Mason Street Entrance to the Presidio at Lyon.

Once again, apologies, Gentle Tourists.

How to Spend $3200 an Hour Above Frisco: Ride Along in this WWII-Era TF-51D Mustang Called “Toulouse Nuts”

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Get it – Two Loose Nuts?

As seen over our Presidio / Richmond District just yesterday:

7J7C4077 copy

This was a WINGS OF FREEDOM FLIGHT EXPERIENCE from the Collings Foundation.

This was the flight path:

Capture1

Check the promotional video of a similar Mustang from the Collings Foundation – this could be you:

And here’s the other Mustang I’ve seen over town lately:

7J7C1305-copy

As seen from Ocean Beach. (I don’t know anything about this airplane.)

All right, that’s your 415 Mustang Update for 2017…

Gary Knight, 52 – September 10, 1996 – Presidio and Lake

Friday, June 9th, 2017

As seen at Lake and Park Presidio:

7J7C4001 copy

Ride of Silence SF

Frisco Zeppelin Nostalgia: Remembering When the Bay Area had Its Own Rigid Airship

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Here’s the news:

Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship

And here’s what we had flying about a decade ago – ah memories:

Read all about itZeppelin service has been firmly established in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As seen over the weekend:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

Ah, memories.

2008 ZLT ZEPPELIN LUFTSCHIFFTECHNIK LZ N07-100 Blimp/Dirigible (17 seats / 3 engines)

Aging Warbird Over Ocean Beach: North American Mustang P-51D – Take a Ride Yourself for $1000-Something

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Heading north back to Sonoma, one assumes:

7J7C1305 copy

For a Lot of Visitors, This is as Close as They Will Get to Riding in an Actual Cable Car – “Rails? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Rails”

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The wait for a $7 one-way trip on a real cable car can be super long, so a lot of people are never able to scratch a ride off their bucket list. This is a decent substitute, I s’pose:

7j7c5047-copy

Famous Ross Perot came to town once and had a high old time riding around in one of these things with his posse, and he’s a billionaire, used to doing all kinds of new things. Anyway, he found the experience memorable…

If Scrappy ROCKETBOAT were a Person, He’d be Sammy Hagar – Put This Ride on Your Bucket List

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

What’s this?

7J7C1216 copy

It’s Rocketboat! Doing donuts on the water, as it is wont to do

7J7C1218 copy

Rocketboat! Rocketboat! Rocketboat!

7J7C1220 copy

Kicking a little sand in the base of the Echo Tower of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge:

7J7C1223 copy

And now, cleverly, Rocketboat sneaks up on Delta Tower in the shadow of the roadbed:

7J7C1226 copy

And then, some more donuts:

7J7C1228 copy

And here are some shots of Rocketboat from back in the aughts:

IMG_9550-copy

See them here. (I guess RB is red at the front and back and that fades to orange on the sides.)

IMG_9923

Someday, I’ll ride you, Rocketboat.

Someday.

Dealing with Permanently Congested Battery Street in the Financh: Just Drive on the Sidewalk, Thusly

Friday, August 5th, 2016

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me…”

7J7C9859 copy

The legal way to get back to Union Square would be to cut through an alley and then use Sansome, but oh well…

Chinatown Park and Ride: Not a Bad Deal If You Want to Park in the Financh on Weekends for $3, Sort Of

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Here’s the sign:

7J7C9268 copy

And here’s the program.

And here’s what Yelp has to say.

I didn’t know about this deal- now I know why people are lining up to get into the Golden Gateway Garage before it opens on Saturday mornings.

Seems like a good deal for those who want to while away the hours in C-Town on a Saturday…

A Checklist for Tourists Riding Rented Bikes Through Golden Gate Park: Helmets? NOT REQUIRED, But Selfie Sticks are MANDATORY

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

For these women, anyway:

7J7C1981 copy

Your Maker gave you two hands, right? So use one for piloting and the other to record your visit for tout le monde to see. Yay!