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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Walkin' 24th Street

I met Jill at 20th & Vermont to walk into the Mission along 24th Street, just for something different to do together (she does it often).

We took the stairs down the crookedest-street block of Vermont and then the pedestrian bridge over Hwy 101 into the backside of S.F. General Hospital.  I'd never been inside their E.R. and we popped in to take a look . . . it has a much smaller waiting room than I expected.  Much smaller.  And before noon, it was nearly emtpy.

Walking in a place you only know well from a bicycle seat is quite different---and wonderful.  There's still a nice mix of new upscale-trendy to old & funky on that eastern end of 24th Street.  Even the old rundown places are spiffier than I expected.  Clean.  Somehow, it looks more raggedy from the street.

We stopped for a taco in one of her favorite places (very good, will go back), and after stopping at a wonderful children's playground (24th & York), with some of the most incredible mosaic art works I've ever seen anywhere, we climbed back up the hill to her house.

The sun was shining and the day warmed up, no fog in sight (in fact, it's downright hot in my house!).


Monday, August 22, 2011

More blah grey fog

 It took me until noon yesterday to finally leave the house, convinced the sun would never shine . . . and it almost didn't.

I did go aboard the Russian tall ship, though we could only be on the one deck, nothing really inside.

And it was colorless without the sun or blue sky.
There were a lot of people on board and it was hard to find an interesting angle on anything.

One man asked me to take his picture with his camera because he thought I looked like a professional.  Not really, I said.  He had a weird camera, hard to see anything, but he liked his portrait.

I rode my city circuit, taking a few hills for good measure, and rode on home where the only sun of the day was shining.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Foggy summer

Every day seems foggier than the last and it's hard to bother getting dressed most days.  I really don't remember a summer with so few sunny days on Potrero Hill.  Yesterday was the exception.

I'm getting a lot of work done, but not getting enough sustained exercise and that is not good.  The weight is creeping up on me.  I used to average 100 miles of riding per week, then 75, and now only about 30.  Last weekend I rode my Cannondale down the ridge to Menlo Park, about 45 miles total.  I was pretty tired after 30 miles, so I have a lot of work to do to get my riding chops back.

Yesterday it was sunny for a change and Judy and I rode our Bike Fridays to look into the nooks & crannies along the waterfront.  We saw two obscure parks on the bay, Warm Water Cove and Heron's Head, plus Mission Creek from both shores. And we pedaled 27 miles without really going anywhere! 

We stopped to see the Russian tall ship, the Pallada. and then got a hotdog on Crissy Field.  Really nice day, though the fog came back in too early.

On the way home we toured both shores on Mission Creek.  This is the shallow south shore; I wonder if it's low tide?

Friday, August 12, 2011