|My pannier-equipped city bike poses on the Golden Gate bridge|
I've been thinking about loaded bike touring again. I went on a loaded tour a few years ago in the Canadian Rockies and it was really great. But, since my injury a few year back, I haven't been confident that I could pedal a heavily-loaded bike.
|Approaching aquatic park during sunrise|
A work-offsite in nearby Marin presented a great opportunity-- I'd pedal my commuter bike with two panniers to the one-night, two-day retreat. How would I do with a light load?
|Golden Gate bridge at sunrise, viewed from Fort Mason|
I left the house at around 6:30 am, aiming to get to Fort Baker by my 8am conference call. I had two panniers, with about 22.5 pounds of gear (I weighed them when I got home :) ). Why so heavy? I took along my lead-brick laptop, heavy charger and a heavy lock, along with two days of clothing, toiletries, bike clothes, and shoes.
I rolled along the Embarcadero just as dawn broke. The Bay bridge lights twinkled as I rode under the bridge. The traffic was fairly light and I made good time to Fort Mason, where I stopped to take some pictures of the bridge in the pretty dawn light. In no time at all, I was on the Golden Gate bridge.
|Golden Gate bridge viewed from Fort Baker. The glass structure is a viewing stand built for the America's Cup|
I took the eastern sidewalk of the bridge for the first time even- not congested at 7:30 am, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a steady stream of riders heading into the city from Marin. I rolled up to Cavallo Point in Fort Baker in Marin in good time for my conference call. What a great commute!
|View from the top of Hawk Hill- the morning was clear and gorgeous with hardly any fog!|
The next morning, I rode up Hawk Hill with some work colleagues (I left the panniers in my room). It was a glorious clear morning and the ride was a lot of fun. After a morning of meetings, I loaded up my bike and headed home, back across the bridge and through the Presidio, etc.
|Sunrise viewed from Hawk Hill|