… An early mornin ride, with a stunning sunrise as a reward…
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The first time I step foot in SF was back in 2003 while on a month-long solo backpacking trip after a six-month exchange programme at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Back then, as a poor young student on a budget, I fell completely in love with the city. When I had the chance to return again in 2008 to run the Nike Women’s Marathon – thanks to my sponsors Nike – I was on Cloud Nine.
So when I was booking flights to Boston and had the option of a 12-hour stopover in SF on Thanksgiving Day, I didn’t pass up the opportunity to revisit the city – albeit now no longer my No. 1 having travelled more widely since, but still right up there among my faves.
The timing was perfect. I arrived at about 7.30am in SF from HK, and because it was Thanksgiving, everything was really smooth getting out of the airport and into the city. I headed straight for the Embacadero, where I rented a bike for the day. It truly is the best way to explore a city, especially if you are the sort who isn’t into shopping.
I rode along the waterfront, past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, Krissy Field, to the Golden Gate Bridge. I had cycled across the bridge to Sausalito previously, but this time I turned around halfway across the bridge because I was HUNGRY! I headed back to Fisherman’s Wharf, where I tucked into clam chowder and steamed calamari, along with a crunchy Dutch loaf from Boudin Bakery. Just perfect.
Stomach happy, I took a stroll to Ghirardelli Square and back, before setting off for a bike ride up Market Street all the way to Castro, up and over the super killer steep 17th street ( thank God for triple chain rings) and onwards through Golden Gate Park. Then it was a quick spin through Presidio and up Lombard – the crookedest street – which was the first time all day I was forced to get off my bike and push. Boy, even pushing was HARD!!
By the time I made it up and over Lombard and back down to the Embacadero, it was 4ish and just in time to return the bike before the 5pm cut-off. Though it was a pretty chilly day, I was sweaty and sticky from the day’s adventure. And of course, hungry again. So I headed back – on foot – to Fisherman’s Wharf for a dinner of fish and chips.
When I finally returned to the airport for my 1030pm flight to Boston, I was well and truly exhausted, which made for some sound snoozing on the flight…
A perfect Thanksgiving it was!
My little labour of love finally got published last Friday after months of ding-donging around with senior management and sales. This was the SCMP’s first attempt at producing a supplement on hiking and trail running. It’s just an eight-page supplement with two articles: the first is on essential skills for the trails (with videos starring Action Asia Events’ Michael Maddess – thanks Mike!), and the second is on essential gear. Hopefully the supplement keeps going – lots to talk about!