Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

It was either warmer this morning or I'm adjusting to the heat or maybe a little of both.  I headed off Corbett to Portola to Dewey to Taravel to the Great Highway.  I came down the coast and stopped north of Lake Merced for a pic of the sunrise:



I continued on the Great Highway to Skyline.  Lake Merced looked so beautiful this morning:



I continued on Skyline to Lake Merced to Winston to Moncada to Urbano to Pico to Ashton to De Montefort to Miramar to Ocean to Phelan to Judson to Foerster to Hearst to Edna to Monterey to Diamond to Wilder to Arlington to Randall to San Jose to Duncan to Valencia to 19th to Dolores where I stopped at Dolores Park for pics.  This is the view towards Corona Heights and Buena Vista Park:



This is beautiful Mission High:



Such amazing detail:



I took Dolores to Market.  This is me at Market and New Montgomery:



I continued on Market to Sansome and into work.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I saw this clever car decoration as I was leaving the office for the day.  I love Halloween:



I headed off 2nd to Howard to 11th to Bryant to 20th.  This is the view up 20th from Folsom:



I love the sign, I love the cutout:



I continued on 20th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Wilder to Diamond to Monterey to Ridgewood to Flood to Hazelwood to Greenwood to Plymouth to Wildwood to Faxon.  I saw this fabulous Halloween display at Plymouth and Faxon:



I took Faxon to De Montefort to Ashton to Head where I saw this display:



I continued on Head to Holloway to Lake Merced to John Muir.  Lake Merced looked gorgeous in the dwindling light:



I continued on John Muir to Skyline to the Great Highway and hit the coast just at sunset:



The view north to Marin:



I continued on the Great Highway to Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                  42.9
Week to date                                      168.6
Month to date                                  1,178.2
Year to date                                     6,755.4
To Goal                                           3,244.6
Over (Under) plan                          (1,518.6)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year             (2,753.6)
Rolling Year                                    8,024.0
Since Inception 10/1/07                  20,033.1

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It was freezing cold again.  I'm looking forward to the fog coming back because that keeps it from getting quite this cold.  I had thought about going through the Mission this morning but it's pretty much downhill all the way from my house to Valencia and then there are a lot of lights on Valencia and yesterday I didn't warm up until I got to College Hill. Brrr.  So I took Corbett to Portola to Woodside to Dewey to Taravel and down to the coast.  I came up the Great Highway and then got on Geary to 34th and up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  It was very cold and very clear and I had a nice view of the sunrise:



Pax Jerusalemme with daybreak behind it:



I got on Camino Del Mar and took that into Lincoln and rode in the Presidio.  The gas leak from yesterday was fixed and I wasn't detoured.  I got a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Lincoln at around the National Cemetery:



I came out of the Presidio at the Lombard Gate and took Chestnut to Laguna to Francisco to Van Ness to North Point to Columbus.  This is the view of the Financial District from North Beach:



Me:



I continued on Columbus to Clay to Sansome and into work.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

After work I headed off Columbus to North Point to Van Ness to Francisco to Octavia to Chestnut to Lyon and into the Presidio at the Lombard Gate.  Lincoln was closed because of a gas leak above the stables so I was directed up Park which was fine with me as I hadn't been up there in a while.  There are some great buildings on Kobbe:





I made my way over to Washington and stopped at Immigrant Point for pics.  You can see how far the Golden Gate Bridge traffic is backed up because of the Bay Bridge Closure.  I told them they shouldn't have gone with "Seldomsnap" brand cables:



The beautiful Marin Headlands:



Me:



I tried to go down Wedermeyer to check out the construction at the spooky hospitals but that road is totally closed and they made me turn around.  So I got back on Washington and came out of the Presidio at Arguello and took it to Cabrillo to 8th and into Golden Gate Park.  I went through the Music Concourse and came out of the park at 9th and then took Judah to 7th into Laguna Honda to Woodside to Portola to Twin Peaks to see the sunset.  I wasn't disappointed.  It was spectacular:













I love the color of the ocean at sunset.  It's like it's glowing:



I came back down Twin Peaks to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  Mr. Poe is convinced that Rufus can tell time because he started getting very excited at 5 minutes or so 7PM (when I get home).  I think it's probably more likely that his dinner is timed with my arrival and he can see that he's about to eat.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                  43.6
Week to date                                      125.7
Month to date                                  1,135.3
Year to date                                     6,712.5
To Goal                                           3,287.5
Over (Under) plan                          (1,534.1)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year             (2,758.6)
Rolling Year                                    8,021.2
Since Inception 10/1/07                  19,990.2

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It was very, very cold this morning with a strong wind coming from the north.  At least it wasn't raining.  I headed off 17th to Eureka to 18th to Valencia to Mission to Silver to Alemeny to Sagamore to Brotherhood to Lake Merced to John Muir to the Great Highway.  Was it every cold on the Great Highway.  I trudged my way north and stopped at the foot of Sloat to catch a shot of the sunrise:



I continued up the Great Highway and went into Golden Gate Park at MLK.  I took that to South and then headed over to Stow Lake which was pretty in the early morning light:



I got on JFK and followed that to the Panhandle to Baker.  These are some of the pretty Victorians on Baker at Fulton:



Such nice detail:



Me on Baker:



I continued on Baker to McAllister.  I got some shots of Civic Center from McAllister and Van Ness.  This is that Federal Building on Mission I likey so much:



City Hall:



I continued on McAllister to Polk to O'Farrell to Powell.  This is the view up Powell from Geary:



The Sir Francis Drake Hotel:



I continued on Powell to Post to Kearny to Bush to Sansome and into work.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

After work I took another route I won't be doing after this week for a while because of the time change.  I took Market to Turk.  Turk Street is even scary in the light.  I don't want to think about biking through the Tenderloin at night.  I continued to Arguello to Cabrillo to Funston and into Golden Gate Park at the Rose Garden.  The garden is pretty much done for the season but a few things are still in bloom:



I took JFK to and headed over to Stow Lake to check out the Chinese Pavilion:



Me



I got on South to MLK to the Great Highway to Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  We all had dinner and then I walked the dogs.  Mr. Poe's still fighting his cold and so we were all in bed before 9.  I'm not complaining.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                  38.9
Week to date                                        82.1
Month to date                                  1,091.7
Year to date                                     6,668.9
To Goal                                           3,331.1
Over (Under) plan                          (1,550.3)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year             (2,762.1)
Rolling Year                                    8,020.0
Since Inception 10/1/07                  19,946.6

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It was cold this morning!  Very clear and very cold.  I headed off Corbett to Portola to Woodside to Dewey to Taravel and down to the coast.  I came down the Great Highway which was a big mistake because it was still very, very dark and there were shifting mini sand dunes on the road.  Eek!  I continued on to Skyline to Lake Merced to Font to Holloway to Harold to Ocean to Phelan to Judson to Foerster to Hearst to Edna to Monterey to Diamond to Wilder to Arlington to Randall to San Jose to Duncan to Valencia to 23rd.  This was the view down Mission from 23rd this morning:



I continued on 23rd and got a shot of this pretty Victorian:



I continued on 23rd to Folsom to 2nd to Market to Sansome and into work.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The clocks get turned back on Saturday night so this is the last week for a number of my after work rides.  I try to avoid Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor at night because they are poorly lit and kind of dangerous on a bike.  Lake Merced is also kind of a nightmare in the dark but I haven't been riding there much after work so I'm not so broken up about it.  Next week will begin a distinct lack of variety in my evening rides.  Still, it's better than not riding at all.

I headed off Columbus to North Point to Van Ness to Francisco to Octavia to Chestnut to Lyon and into the Presidio at the Lombard Gate.  I came around on Lincoln and stopped for a pic of the ocean with the sun starting to dip low in the horizon:



Marin Headlands:



Me:



I continued on Lincoln into Camino Del Mar and stopped for a couple pics of the Golden Gate Bridge which looked especially pretty today:





I headed up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  I was hoping to get the sun setting behind it but no luck:



I headed down to 34th to Balboa and down to the coast.  I stopped at the beach for a few pics.  The sun was just starting to set:





I went into Golden Gate Park at JFK and followed that to the Panhandle to Stanyan to Page to Scott to Duboce to Castro to 17th to Ord and home for dinner.  I walked the dogs and then we went to bed early.

Bike Mileage:
Today                                                 43.2
Week to date                                       43.2
Month to date                                  1,052.8
Year to date                                     6,630.0
To Goal                                           3,370.0
Over (Under) plan                         (1,561.8)

YTD Mileage vs Last Year             (2,758.6)
Rolling Year                                    8,086.1
Since Inception 10/1/07                  19,907.7