Larkspur Ferry to the Marin Headlands-Birthday Ride!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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It’s another Birthday Ride! We arrive at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to catch the 10:10 AM ferry to the ride start in San Francisco. Many club members are doing the same!

There is ample street parking with no time restrictions. Water and restrooms are available inside the Ferry Terminal.

The views surrounding San Francisco Bay are spectacular! It’s going to be a fabulous day for ride up to the Marin Headlands!

With clear skies, we get wonderful views of the three bridges; the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge! WOW!

Chris and Pat are waiting for us at the SF Ferry Bldg. The two groups merge and we’re off to start the ride!

The ride along The Embarcadero takes us pass Pier 39 and the Fisherman’s Wharf area to Jefferson St. We pass The Cannery, Ghiradelli Square, the SF Maritime Park and the Dolphin Swim & Boat Club.

We hop onto the path through Aquatic Park to the north end of Van Ness Ave for the short steep climb along Gashouse Cove up to Fort Mason Green.

The path continues along Marina Blvd all the way to Mason St and Crissy Field. You get fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, SF Bay, the Marina Green and the salt marsh and dunes. It’s a perfect day to be out here!

We stay on Mason St and head towards the Warming Hut. The turn on Hamilton St takes us to the climb on Long Ave. At the top, it’s a quick tight right turn onto the multi-user path that will lead us to the bridge crossing on the East Side. Be cautious-there are many tourists and other cyclists out on the bridge!

There is a regroup at Vista Point Lookout area. Water and restrooms are available. The views of the bridge and San Francisco are superb!

The path at the end of Vista Point will take us onto Alexander Ave; in order to get to the other side, make a left turn at the first available intersection, go through the tunnel and continue onto Conzelman Rd.

The climb up Conzelman to the top of Hawk Hill is about 1.85 miles with an average grade of 4.7%. The first section is the steepest with grades ranges from 9-14%! The views along the way are fabulous! The new pavement makes the climb that much better.

There is a regroup at the top of Hawk Hill. The views are stunning! It’s a super clear day; I can see the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge-awesome! The drop dead gorgeous views of the bridges, the Pacific Coast and cityscapes of SF, Marin and the East Bay are really hard to beat! Truly magnificent!

The initial descent on Conzelman Rd is very steep-proceed with caution! The scenery is breathtaking! Good thing I’m on a tandem, I can afford to look around without worrying about controlling the bike!

The descent takes us to the flats on Field and Bunker Rds pass the Marin Headlands Visitors Center and through Golden Gate National Recreation Area. We go through the Barry-Baker Tunnel and make an immediate left turn to stay on Bunker Rd. Bunker Rd leads us down and around the old Fort Baker/Cavallo Point and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

The climb up East Rd connects with Alexander Ave to South St and 2nd St into Sausalito.

We continue on Bridgeway to arrive at our lunch stop at Dunphy’s Park. There are a few benches along the shoreline and a large gazebo with plenty of sitting space. There are porta-potties but no water fountain. You get some nice views of Richardson Bay too!

Carla and Chris had offerings of homemade brownies and vegan lemon bars as birthday treats-THANK YOU-it was all delicious!

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to Chris and Carla!  

After lunch, we continue on Bridgeway to the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path off Gate 6 Rd. I noticed an old car decorated with lots of stuffed animals, beads, stones and more-it’s kinda neat!

The path takes us along the Pickleweed Inlet to the junction near Bayfront and Hauke Parks. We exit onto Hamilton Dr to Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd. This leads us around and under Hwy 101 to Seminary Dr.

Seminary Dr is a nice scenic road along Richardson Bay. The short climb up Strawberry Dr takes us towards Tiburon on Harbor Cove Way and through a boardwalk to Greenwood Bay Dr. This boardwalk is very narrow with a very tight right hand turn.

We exit onto Greenwood Cove Dr and continue to Blackie’s Pasture and Tiburon Linear Park. You get spectaular views of Richardson Bay and San Francisco Bay!

We take San Rafael Ave to Beach Rd and Main St. There is a regroup in Tiburon at Caffe Acri. They have tasty desserts and hot coffee and teas. Water and restrooms are available inside.

Paradise Dr is a fun 7+ miles on flat to rolling terrain all the way into Corte Madera. From there, we take the bike path that parallels San Clemente Dr and a part of Redwood Hwy. To continue on the path, you have to make a left off of Redwood Hwy (after Rich St), this will take you across the creek and over to Sir Francis Drake Blvd.  Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd to the Terminal parking lot and cross the ramp up and over to larkspur Landing.

There is a post ride birthday party at the Marin Brewing Company.

Thanks to Chris and Pat for leading today’s birthday ride! Another “thanks” to Chris and Carla for the birthday treats! What a gorgeous day to be out celebrating!

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” once again!

~27 people in attendance with 3 tandems.

40.56 miles with 2127′ of elevation gain

Weather: WONDERFUL! Sunny blue skies with spring like temperatures ranging from the low 50’s to the high 60’s. Just fabulous!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>RIDE, RIDE and RIDE!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Follow this route for today’s ride:


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