One of reasons I wanted to visit San Francisco was just to see the Golden Gate Bridge which is an internationally recognized symbol of the city.
While touring the waterfront we saw a sign that read “Bike The Bridge”. The Company is called Blazing Saddles, I remember thinking ‘I hope my butt won’t feel that way when we’re done’. The bikes come with maps, helmets, locks, front packs and rear racks. A 24 hour rental rate of $28.00 includes a return ferry ticket from Sausalito or Tiburon.
From our starting point at Pier 41 we rode on city streets past Fisherman’s Wharf then joined the bike path along San Francisco bay to the Presido. It was a steep hill to the approach of the bridge and the bikes proved they were up to the climb. Bikes use the Pacific side of the bridge while pedestrians use the bay side.
The views from the bridge are breathtaking. We stopped several times including a stop in the middle to to take it all in. With the volume of traffic on the bridge I had expected to feel quite a bit of motion but the road surface proved solid.
Vista Point awaits on the north side of the bridge where we took in the awesome panorama of the San Francisco and the bay. From here it’s an easy downhill ride to Sausalito where there are many restaurants that offer bay view dining, art galleries and many boutiques.
We started late on our trip so after exploring Sausalito and getting a bite to eat it was time to catch the last ferry back to San Francisco. The ferry stops at Tiburon before crossing the bay. It was getting dark on the crossing and the views of the city and bridge were wonderful.
Plan your trip early so you can visit Muir Woods and Tiburon. When I return to the city I would do it again.