Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

It was gorgeous this morning-- sunny and warm for a change!  Look at the fantastic sunrise from 18th and Sanchez looking east:

I continued on 18th to Valencia to Mission to Silver to Alemany to Sagamore to Brotherhood Way to Lake Merced to John Muir to Skyline to the Great Highway and up the coast.  I went into Golden Gate Park at MLK and followed that to the Music Concourse where I stopped for pics.  The De Young:

The California Academy of Science:


I got on JFK to 8th to Lake to Arguello and into the Presidio.  I came out of the Presidio at the Lombard Gate and took Chestnut to Laguna to Polk to North Point to the Embarcadero to Broadway to Davis to pick up my laundry and then Washington to Sansome and into work.  I'm completely exhausted.  So much so that I left my laundry in the parking garage where I lock up my bike and totally forgot about if for almost an hour.  Luckily, the nice guy that runs the garage noticed it and held it for me.  This was pretty much it on the bike ride til Monday morning.  I'm not going home for lunch because I've got a dentist appointment and I'm just going home up Market after work because we're going to a party tonight.  I'm off the bike the next all weekend because of Mr. Poe's birthday festivities.  This is good-- I need the rest.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The day warmed up like I'd hoped it would and it was generally gorgeous in San Francisco allday.  After work I headed off Sutter to Presidio to Euclid to Arguello to Cabrillo to Funston and into the Rose Garder.  Which looked beautiful:

The De Young from the Rose Garden:

I took JFK to the Music Concourse to MLK to 9th to Judah to 7th into Laguna Honda into Dewey to Claremont to Portola to Santa Clara.  Saint Francis Wood looked gorgeous as usual:


I continued on Santa Clara into Monterey and got a nice shot of the view looking south towards Daly City and the ocean:

I continued on Monterey to Diamond to Wilder to Arlington to Randall to San Jose to Duncan to Valencia to 18th to Douglass to 17th to Ord and home for dinner.  I'm beat.  Totally exhausted.  You don't realize what kind of shape you're in until you get out of shape and then try to get it back.  It's so hard.  But I'm not deterred.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                40.8
Week to date                                     143.0
Month to date                                   749.6
Year to date                                   4,674.8
To Goal                                         5,325.2
Over (Under) plan                         (1,873.1)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year            (2,873.4)
Rolling Year                                   7,906.9
Since Inception 10/1/07                 17,952.5

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It was incredibly foggy yet again this morning, but kind of patchy and I think it's gonna burn off early and be a beautiful day.  I headed off Corbett to Clayton to Parnassus to Cole to Waller to Stanyan and went into Golden Gate Park at JFK.  I followed it to Bernice Rodgers to MLK to the Great Highway and down the coast.  Foggy:

I continued on the Great Highway to Skyline to Lake Merced to Font to Holloway to Harold to Ocean to Phelan to Judson to Foerster to Monterey to Diamond to Wilder to Arlington to Randall to San Jose to Duncan to Valencia to 24th.  This is a mural on a building at Florida at 24th:

I love the sign so much:

I continued on 24th to Bryant to Main.  This is a foggy view of the Financial District from Main and Harrison:

I continued on Main to Drumm to California to Sansome and into work.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

After work I headed off Sutter to Fillmore to Clay to Spruce to Washington to Arguello to Lake to Camino Del Mar to 32nd.  This is the very top of California at 32nd:

This is the view looking north up 32nd from California:

I continued on 32nd to Clement to 34th to Balboa.  This is St Thomas the Apostle on Balboa:

I continued on Balboa down to the coast.  Man was it ever foggy:

Me at the beach:

I came down the Great Highway and went into Golden Gate Park at JFK and followed that the Panhandle to Stanyan to Page to Scott to Duboce to Noe to Market. The flag at Market and Castro was at half mast for Teddy Kennedy:

I took 17th to Ord and home for dinner.  We were asleep by 9.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                36.3
Week to date                                     102.2
Month to date                                   708.8
Year to date                                   4,634.0
To Goal                                         5,366.0
Over (Under) plan                         (1,886.5)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year            (2,873.6)
Rolling Year                                   7,907.8
Since Inception 10/1/07                 17,911.7

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It was cold and foggy again when I set out this morning.  I took Corbett to Portola to Woodside to Dewey to Taravel and down to the coast.  I came up the Great Highway and went up the big hill at Cliff House and then got on Geary to 36th.  This is pretty Shore View St from 36th:

I continued on 36th to Clement and then up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  Which I haven't been to on my bike since before my accident.  It missed me:


I got on Camino Del Mar to Lake which looked pretty even on a gloomy morning:

I continued on Lake to Arguello to Clay to Fillmore to Pacific to Powell to Jackson to Stockton to Clay to Sansome and into work.  I did a lot of climbing this morning.  I'm pleased about that.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

After work I headed off 2nd to Howard to 11th to Bryant to stop in to Sports Basement and exchange the inflation cartridges I had gotten on Monday for larger ones that would fit my charger.  $3 each!  I'm pining for the days when I could get 4 for $2.  I continued on Bryant to 25th to Valencia to Tiffany.  This is the view up towards Bernal Heights from Tiffany:

I continued on Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to Ridgwwood to Flood to Hazelwood to Greenwood to Plymouth to Wildwood to Faxon to De Montefort to Ashton to Pico to Urbano to Moncada to Cerritos to Winston to Lake Merced to Middlefield to Ocean to Clearfield to Yorba to Crestlake to Wawona to 30th.  This is the Pinehurst Lodge on 30th between Wawona and Escolta.  It was built as a home for orphans in 1928 and is currently a women's treatment center.  You can read more about it here:

I took 30th to Vicente and climbed up to pretty St. Cecilia's which I haven't seen in a long time:

I continued on Vicente to 17th to Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett and home for dinner.  I walked the dogs and we all went to bed early.  You party animals can stay up til 9PM.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                40.3
Week to date                                      65.9
Month to date                                   672.5
Year to date                                   4,597.7
To Goal                                         5,402.3
Over (Under) plan                         (1,895.5)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year            (2,868.2)
Rolling Year                                   7,906.9
Since Inception 10/1/07                 17,875.4

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It was super cold and foggy and dark this morning when I headed off.  I took Corbett to Portola to Evelyn to Teresita to Isola to Rockdale to Omar to Sequoia to Bella Vista to Burlwood to Los Palmos to Hazelwood to Yerba Buena to Brentwood to Maywood to El Verano into Northgate to Darien to San Fernando to Ocean to Middlefield to Lake Merced to Skyline to the Great Highway and then up the coast.  I went into Golden Gate Park at MLK and followed it to Stow Lake where I stopped for pics:


I got on JFK and took that to the Panhandle to Baker to McAllister to Hyde to O'Farrell to Market to Sansome and into work.  It was still pretty cold and dark when I got to work.  I'm glad I wear a lot of layers.

Monday, August 24, 2009 slept in on Monday and took a shorter way into work.  I rode 17th to Eureka to Market to Diamond to 18th to Harrison to Mariposa to Bryant to the Embarcadero.  This is the Bay Bridge from Bryant and the Embarcadero on a cold, foggy morning:

I took the Embarcadero to Market to California to Sansome and into work.  If cleared up a bit mid day and my ride home for lunch was sunny but still pretty cool.  Ah, summer.

After work I rode Sansome to Jackson to Davis to drop off my laundry and then Broadway to the Embarcadero to Howard to 11th to Bryant to stop in at Sports Basement for tubes and inflation cartridges.  Sadly, they don't have cheap CO2 cannisters anymore.  The ones I got are too small and I'm going to have to exchange them for ones that cost $3 each!  The ones I had before were $2 for four.  I continued on Bryant to 25th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey.  This is Saint Francis Wood.  Note still foggy and cold:

Me on Monterey:

I continued on Monterey to Portola to Claremont to Dewey into Laguna Honda into 7th to Hugo to 3rd to Frederick to Stanyan to Waller to Masonic to Haight.  This gorgeous home is on Haight at Baker:

This is the pretty apartment building across the street from it:

I continued on Haight to Steiner into Sanchez to Market to 17th to Ord and home for dinner.  I worked on my homework for my class this semester (which you can see here) and then we went to bed early.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                25.6
Week to date                                      25.6
Month to date                                   632.2
Year to date                                   4,557.4
To Goal                                         5,442.6
Over (Under) plan                         (1,908.4)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year            (2,873.1
Rolling Year                                   7,866.6
Since Inception 10/1/07                 17,835.1

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Nobody showed up for my Different Spokes ride.  Which was fine.  I elected to do a much longer ride than the Lagunatis one I had planned.  Which was a big mistake.  I headed over to Marin and then into Fairfax and then over White's Hill into San Geronimo Valley and then up Nicasio Valley Road into Nicasio Valley and then up Lucas Valley Rd.  Here's a pic of Lucas Valley from Big Rocks:

Me, still all smiles:

I headed down into San Rafael and then over to the glorious Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center which I'd been missing:

I continued into China Camp Park.  Glorious:

I started feeling pretty tired in China Camp.  It was a combination of too many miles, too much climbing, too much sun, too much saddle time, and too little food.  I limped into Mill Valley and stopped for lunch at Cafe Del Soul which was a very good idea because it gave the energy to make it back into the city.  I got home about 5PM, took a shower, ate a bit and went to bed at 6:30.  I proceeded to sleep 12 hours.  I'll stick to the rides on my schedule for a while!

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                79.1
Week to date                                    188.2
Month to date                                   606.6
Year to date                                   4,531.8
To Goal                                         5,468.2
Over (Under) plan                         (1,906.6

YTD Mileage vs Last Year            (2,898.7
Rolling Year                                   7,918.8
Since Inception 10/1/07                 17,809.5

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

We slept in a little this morning.  I might have been a little hung over.  We finally got moving mid day and we headed over to Golden Gate Park.  First stop was my beloved Rose Garden.  Which was a bit mildew-ey because the weather in the city has been so foggy lately except for yesterday.  Here's Mr. Poe amongst the blooms.  Hello gorgeous!

This is the de Young as viewed from JFK:

There's a pretty amazing collection of tribal art in at the De Young.  Loves it:

This is a pointilism style acrylic on canvas--  looks like a textile:

Cousin It:

Mr. Poe tells me that they had to sell most of the important works to finance the construction of the De Young.  The collection they do have is still very pretty although lacking in a lot of big names and also lacking in sculpture and fine arts, although they do have a lovely textile collection and a library as well (appointment only).  Here are a few highlights:

I love how maniacal this looks:

This is a dress made of at least three pieces of pressed glass:

This hall has a gorgeous view of the sculpture gardens:

Me in the mirror:

This installation had a sign telling you not to touch them.  I don't see how you can not.  They look so inviting:

Hello gorgeous:


The view from underneath the cantilevered overhang in thew sculpture garden:

Then we headed over to the California Academy of Sciences.  We only had to wait about twenty minutes to get into the rainforest exhibit.  Which was great because the wait was over an hour last time we went.  It's a very interesting exhibit.  Likey:

Hello gorgeous:

The cool snake was looking for the warm sunny spot:

A view of the first level of the rainforest:

The second level:

Don't eat me--  I'm poisonous:

A view of the canopy:

From the top of the rainforest you take an elevator down to the aquarium.  Which has this cool walk through section:

The view up to the rainforest from the aquarium:

We headed home and I took Rufus to the park while Mr. Poe took the little ones around the block.  Then we headed home for dinner.  Gorgeous day!