Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's gorgeous in San Francisco.  It's in the 80's and the sun is shining and the birds are singing.  I headed home for lunch and the dogs were able to romp about in both the front and back decks.  I managed to get some especially handsome photos of Rufus:





Because of the warm temperatures, I took off Ashley Jr.'s signature red sweater and he was running around starkers:



Mimi couldn't be bothered:



I put the finishing touches on a ride I'm planning for next month on my way back to work.  I hope the weather holds til the weekend!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today is expected to be even warmer than yesterday.  I'll take it!  I managed to get a little ride in before work this morning.  I headed off Corbett to Portola to Twin Peaks and up to the viewing platform.  The views were, of course, phenomenal.  This is the view looking west to the ocean:



Looking southeast to the bay:



The Financial District:



Looking west to the East Bay:



Me:



The Golden Gate Bridge:



Looking west to the ocean:



Sutro Tower:



I continued on Twin Peaks to Clayton to Ashbury to Frederick to Masonic to Baker to Fulton to Franklin to McAllister to Polk to Post to Kearny to Bush to Sansome and into work.  It's gonna be a gorgeous day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I didn't get it together on Wednesday morning and just came down Market into work and headed home for lunch.  The weather was a lot warmer and it was in the high seventies by the end of the day.  OMG!  It's as if Mother Nature has given us a heartfelt apology for how terrible she's treated us all winter long.  After work I headed off Sutter to Fillmore to Clay to Washington to Spruce where I stopped to take a pic of my favorite view of the North Bay:



I took Washington to Lake.  I stopped in Seacliff for some pics of the pretty homes:



I continued on Lake to Camino Del Mar to 32nd.  32nd is another picturesque Seacliff street:



I continued on 32nd to Clement.  The long shuttered Safeway on 32nd and Clement is turning into a Fresh & Easy which I hope will be a big boon for the nieghborhood:



I took Clement to 36th to Shore View and stopped for a pic.  I can't remember the last time I was on this street:



I continued on Shore View to 38th to Geary to Point Lobos and headed down to get a view of the ocean over the Sutro Baths:









The Seal Rocks:





Me:



Ocean Beach wasn't empty but it wasn't as crowded as I expected it would be.  I think the weather caught everybody by surprise:









I took the Great Highway and went into Golden Gate Park at JFK.  I followed JFK to 8th to Lake to Arguello to Clay to Fillmore to Post to Laguna.  I saw this genius sculpture at Laguna and Haight.  It's by artist Jeremy Fish and you can read more about it here.  Love it:



The whole block of the UC extension between Haight and Waller is covered with beautiful murals.  Love them:



I continued on Laguna to Market to Valencia to 18th to Noe to Market to 17th to Ord and home for dinner.  After dinner Mr. Poe and I took the dogs for a long walk and then we all went to bed.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today28.3
Week to date81.1
Month to date596.2
Year to date1,388.4
To Goal6,611.6
Over (Under) plan(562.3)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(8,071.6)
Rolling Year7,182.2
Since Inception 10/1/0729,893.9

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The weather turned sharply warmer on Tuesday and it was gorgeous outside all day.  I headed home for lunch and then went for a nice ride after work.  I rode Columbus to Greenwich to Powell to North Point.  I stopped for a pic at the pretty Ghiradelli Square:



I continued on North Point to Van Ness to Francisco to Laguna to Chestnut to Richardson to Baker and stopped at the Palace of Fine Arts for some pics of the lovely day:





These are some of the liquifabulous homes that ring the Palace of Fine Arts:





I got on Old Mason and headed over to Fort Point and got some spectacular pics of the Golden Gate Bridge:















But the real star of the show were these windsurfers and kite surfers.  This looks pretty dangerous to me, but they probably look at me and think "I can't believe that queen rides her bike in the city!":







That queen:



I was so taken by the surfers and the bridge I didn't notice this jaw dropping view of the city:



I headed up to Lincoln into Camino Del Mar to 26th and stopped at Geary for some pics of the pretty Holy Virgin Cathedral which looked so fabulous glinting in the sun:





These are some of the pretty mosaics from the murals:



I took 26th to Cabrillo to 14th to Fulton and into Golden Gate Park at the Rose Garden which, sadly, isn't quite picture ready yet.  I did get a few pics of the sunlight interacting with the facade of the De Young Museum as I took JFK to the Music Concourse:







I thought these were some fancy Japanese tree that looked like this on its own but in fact they are London Plane and Scotch Elm trees that have been pollarded which is a formal method of trimming that maintains trees at a constant height:





A gorgeous view of the gate to the Japanese Tea Garden:



I got on MLK and came out of the park at 9th and took it to Judah to 7th into Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  After dinner I walked the dogs went to bed.  I'm loving this weather!

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today28.4
Week to date52.8
Month to date567.9
Year to date1,360.1
To Goal6,639.9
Over (Under) plan(568.7)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(8,073.9)
Rolling Year7,162.8
Since Inception 10/1/0729,865.6