A quick ride up to SF

As luck would have it, yesterday afternoon did wind up being rain-free after all, so I got a short ride in.  Hooray!  I only had about 2 hours, so I just hightailed it up to San Francisco for the current Sport-Touring.net photo tag (the Dutch windmill in Golden Gate Park) and then rode home along the coast.

Photo tags work as follows:  someone posts a picture of their bike with a landmark/object/what have you.  The photo is “tagged” when another person takes a picture of their bike with the same object.  That new person then posts up the next object.

So, my first stop was to get the next photo.  I felt confident that no one was going to tag the windmill ahead of me, considering the previous tag (Sutro Towers) had stayed up for eight months.



The downside to this photo tag was that I inadvertently parked near a section of children’s graves (sons and daughters of veterans) and immediately became a blubbery pile of mush looking at headstones for 1 day old infants.  Curse you, hormones!

Fortunately a nice ride to Golden Gate Park with Ozzy Osbourne on the iPod solved most of that head space.  Thank goodness for motorcycling.

Wonderful colors as always in San Francisco:

I arrived at the windmill only to find it completely bereft of flowers.    It was so barren that I briefly thought, “am I at the right place?”  because, of course, the San Francisco landscape is simply overrun with Dutch windmills.

The funny part is — yes, actually, I did manage to go to THE WRONG WINDMILL.  It turns out that there are actually two in Golden Gate Park and I didn’t notice the difference in the original photo on STN.

I felt better about my sanity once I realized this…though it didn’t help with the photo tag. 😉

At any rate, here is the Murphy windmill, which was not the actual tag, but maybe the STN peeps will consider it good enough.

At least they were trying to get into the Halloween spirit!

After tagging the (wrong) windmill, I headed south along the Great Highway.  I stopped for a photo at Ocean Beach where I very nearly, but not completely, managed to conceal a trash can in this otherwise nice photo.

Riding along the Great Highway does not suck.

I continued south on Highway 1 down the coast.

The Devil’s Slide tunnel construction is coming along pretty nicely and there were good views coming into Pacifica:

Finally, of course, it’s pumpkin season in Half Moon Bay! Hooray!

I would, however, like to register a formal complaint that the Lemos Farm horse has now been painted the same way for over a month.  This will not do.  I require variety in my painted roadside horses.

Anyway, here are the ride stats.  This doesn’t include the 3.5 miles from my house to lunch, which I note for anal-retentive posterity.  Hey, when you’re only riding 100 miles or so a month, you want to record those extra 3.5 miles. 😉

It’s that time of year where rides involve an unhealthy obsession with staring at the weather websites; hopefully I’ll get another ride in next Tuesday, but the magic 8 ball is currently uncertain.  As of now, Monday’s weather is “Nice with clouds and sun”, “Turning cloudy” on Tuesday, and “Variable cloudiness” for Wednesday, which is pretty unhelpful in the planning department.  With any luck, it’ll be clear and I can head back to SF and go to the right windmill this time. 😉

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6 Responses to A quick ride up to SF

  1. Red says:

    Dare I ask – how do you take pictures while riding?

    I adore that one pumpkin photo in the windmill!

    And I hate you all for your good weather. What was the temperature like?

    • carolyn says:

      I have my Canon S95 on a long tether around my neck (it rests on the tankbag when not in use). I keep it in “auto” mode while riding and shoot with my left hand. I don’t look at the viewfinder or anything; I just vaguely aim and shoot and wind up with a lot of crappy/blurry pics in addition to the decent ones that I wind up posting. Disclaimer that this is probably really dangerous and no one else should ever do it ever. 😉

      The weather yesterday wound up being really nice; it was about 60F. I brought my heated gear just in case, but didn’t end up using it — I was wearing jeans, T-shirt, a thin long sleeved shirt, my thin Arc’teryx fleece, and the Teiz suit.

      • Colleen says:

        I do the same as Carolyn, but instead of a lanyard around my neck, I use one of those handy “janitor’s key chain fobs” with the retractable chain. (http://preview.tinyurl.com/8vo9bw2). I hook it on to my tank bag and keep the camera in the pocket on the side of the tank bag. I can reach into the pocket, pull out the camera and take a picture, barely moving my eyes from the road the entire time. The chain reassures me that if something comes up, I can drop the camera without fear of losing it.

        And yes, take LOTS of photos, because only 3% will be worthwhile.

      • Red says:

        I’ve tried that once but all my pictures came out crap. 😛

  2. Colleen says:

    BTW, have I told you how cute you are? 😀

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