Larkspur Ferry to SF & the Marin Headlands-Birthday Ride!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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The Larkspur Ferry to SF and Marin is becoming a traditional Wednesday birthday ride. Mark S is celebrating a decade birthday this year-WOW!

We meet at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal in Larkspur to catch the 10:10 AM ferry to SF. You may or may not be able to find parking at the terminal lot; there is ample street parking with no time restrictions. Water and restrooms are available inside the Ferry Terminal.

The day is starting to look pretty good; the sun is out with clear blue skies-the temps are supposed to reach the high 60’s! FANTASTIC!

The ferry ride over to SF takes about 35 minutes. The views of San Francisco Bay are magnificent! There is so much to see; Larkspur, Mt Tam, San Quentin, the three bridges, Tiburon, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Romberg Tiburon Center and of course the skyline of San Francisco!

We arrive at the SF Ferry Terminal to meet up with the other group of riders at the Ferry Building. Water and restrooms are available at both ends of the building.

We head down Embarcadero towards Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf-this is a very heavily populated area filled with vehicles, tourists and cyclists.

Jefferson St takes us on a path through the Cannery, the Dolphin Swim & Boat Club, the Maritime Museum and Park and Ghiradelli Square. The north end of Van Ness Ave brings us to the short steep climb along Gashouse Cove up to Fort Mason Green.

The path leads us out to Marina Blvd and Mason-pass the Marina Green and Crissy Field towards to Warming Hut. The climb up Long Ave takes us on a path up to the bridge. With construction work going on in this area, the path closure further along leads us to a detour on Lincoln Blvd to the GGB-it was all simple enough to follow. The views of the bridge are very impressive!

The dicey part of this route is riding across the bridge on the East sidewalk-we are sharing the space with tourists on feet and rental bikes along with constructions workers and opposing walkers and cyclists. If you have a bell on your bike-this would be a great time to put it to use!

There is a brief regroup at the Vista Point Lookout area. Water and restrooms are available.

We go through the tunnel on Alexander Ave for the climb up Conzelman Rd. It’s about 1.85 miles with an average grade of 4.7%. The initial climb is the steepest with gradient ranges of 9-14%, it then levels out a bit and becomes a much gentler climb all the way up to Hawk Hill. The gorgeous scenery is a nice distraction to the climb. Take the time to stop at one of the many look out areas to get a different perspective of the GGB and San Francisco. You’ll love it!

The descent on the other side of Conzelman is steep! The bird eye views of the ocean and hills surrounding the Golden Gate National Recreation Area are absolutely stunning! It’s great to be out here on such a crystal clear day-you can see everything!

We continue through the valley on Bunker Rd to the Barry-Bunker Tunnel. The immediate left out of the tunnel takes us down to Cavallo Point and the Discovery Museum. The short climb up East Rd leads us to Alexander Ave into Sausalito.

We arrive at our lunch stop at Dunphy Park off Bridgeway in Sausalito. Thanks to Mark S, Mary and Dolores for providing the different varieties of brownies as birthday treats!


The terrain for the second half of this route is pretty flat with one short climb up Strawberry Dr. We take a series of paths that takes us along Pickleweed Inlet to Seminary Dr. The views of Richardson Bay are fantastic! It’s really easy to get lost around here if you aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of the multiple paths in this whole area.

There is a regroup in Tiburon at Acfe Acri-it’s a nice coffee/snack stop. Water and restrooms are available inside the cafe.

The 8+ miles on Paradise Dr is always fun-it’s slightly downhill with a few rollers in between all the way into Corte Madera. The bike path that parallels San Clemente Dr takes us to Redwood Hwy and onto another path along the freeway off ramp. The return on Sir Francis Drake Blvd brings us back to the ferry terminal.

Thanks to Mark for leading this Birthday Ride! What a wondeful way to spend the day!

Mark, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” once again!

~35+ people in attendance with 3 tandems
40.78 miles with 2158′ of elevation gain

Weather: MARVELOUS! Sunny clear blue skies with temps ranging from the low to high 60’s!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>STAY YOUNG BY KEEPING ACTIVE!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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