A Bike Tour of San Francisco

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My Bike Tour of San Francisco

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Walking down North Point St., Starbucks passion tea in one hand (grande, of course), leather clutch in the other, I couldn’t help myself from smiling as I took it all in. There I was in San Francisco, home of the Tanners from Full House, Raven from That’s So Raven, and, of course, (most importantly) the location when Ben Flajnik’s season on The Bachelor was filmed. Let’s be real- who wouldn’t die from happiness? San Francisco was already beginning to exceed my expectations.

My Bike Tour of San Francisco

As I proceeded down to the pier, the famous Golden Gate Bridge glistened in the distance, and rays sunshine captured its scarlet-red reflections in the water. I was able to see the figures of bike-riders (after squinting for several minutes), and it wasn’t long before I decided that I wanted to join the group of silhouettes.

Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I’m not exactly the “spontaneous” type. Don’t get me wrong, I like to have fun, but I generally don’t stray too far from the norm. And even if I do decide to do something extraordinary, it requires a lot of convincing and months of mental preparation.

My Bike Tour of San Francisco

So that’s why swiping my debit card in the rental-bike kiosk at Fisherman’s Wharf was even a surprise to me. I was the girl with the pre-set to-do list to the moon (and back). The girl with the two-foot monthly organized calendar hanging in her closet (no exaggeration there). The girl who was afraid to break out of her comfort zone.

There I stood, defying everything that had defined me with the swipe of a plastic card.

It may not seem like a big deal to most of you Urbanette’s, but hopping on two wheels, with no route or meals planned, was a big deal for me! I started off biking along the National Park Bike Path to the Golden Gate Bridge. The pavement was smooth, and the wind felt nice against my face. Biking was much better than I thought it would be; in the hilly city, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d imagined. I was actually enjoying myself! Seriously, what could be bad about touring one of the most beautiful cities in California while simultaneously completing a fat-burning workout?

My Bike Tour of San Francisco

After about fifty minutes, I had made it to the Golden Gate. I began to have misgivings about my biking abilities upon approaching the bridge, but nonetheless, I still peddled on (it wasn’t exactly like I had another choice at that point…) Upon reaching the center of the bridge, I was able to just make out the famous Ghirardelli Square sign through the fog; the sails of colorful sailboats were hazy in the mist. After focusing for a few more seconds, the distant outlines of antiquated cable cars transporting people down streets came into my view. I put the kickstand down on my bike so that I could observe San Francisco from a bird’s eye perspective for just a few moments longer.

My Bike Tour of San Francisco

The famous Ghirardelli Square

Everything was so orderly, yet perfectly laid back; old-fashioned, yet astonishingly modern, but most importantly, gracefully classic, while still capricious and unexpected. How could there be so much variation in forty-seven miles? My perseverance had led me to appreciate the uniqueness of this beautiful city. Nothing was more perfect than that moment, when I realized how mellifluously provincial and contemporary had combined, to result in a truly unique travel destination.

My Bike Tour of San Francisco

A cable car in the streets of San Francisco

It wasn’t long before I completed my expedition, finding myself in Sausalito. I took a ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf, where I thanked the bike rental shop for the amazing ride I had enjoyed. The thought of leaving pained me. There was no way I would be able to get on a plane in less than twenty-four hours! How I envied those who called my vacation spot home!

As I drove on the Golden Gate to the San Francisco International Airport, I took to social media to reminisce on the wonderful time I had, and thanked San Francisco for allowing me to enjoy its pleasures. I guess the words of Rudyard Kipling really are true – “San Francisco has only one drawback—‘tis hard to leave.” You bet it is.

20 Comments

  1. Alena Martin

    Oh, San Francisco is an amazing place. It’s very different from the busy city of NYC. Visiting San Francisco is one of the greatest happenings in my life. The Golden Gate Bridge is gorgeous.

  2. Selli Coaze

    I like biking! It’s my transportation every day. Instead of riding a cab going to school, I usually use my bicycle. It’s my way to save the nature, money, and to stay fit.

  3. Jessi Agusta

    Biking is good for the body. There are lots of benefits that you can get from biking. You can burn fats with that, and at the same time, you can enjoy the view of San Francisco.

  4. Nancy Smith

    That’s So Raven is one of my favorite series! I want to go to San Francisco. Any tips where can I get a cheap accommodation?

  5. Jeni Morgan

    Whoa, I’ve never been in San Francisco. Reading your article makes me want to visit the place. I also want to try the biking at the Golden Gate bridge.

  6. Carol Joyner

    In plain and simple words, bike tour is the best tour of a city a tourist can experience!

  7. Olive Williams

    Engaging!

  8. Blanche Martina

    Majestic! Awesome! Amazing!

  9. Monique Malick

    Thank you! I appreciate your writing style. I hope I can try and experience SF bike tour. 👍

  10. Kathryn Gibson

    I think your bike tour is the highlight of your SF visit! Love it!

  11. Mildred Davis

    I can relate to your experience. The bike tour is a perfect experience. I’m so glad I tried, I would never have seen or learned so much about SF, it’s history, it’s people.

  12. Michelle Lee

    Fantastic! Bike tour is definitely on top of my list!

  13. Linda Williams

    WOW! I believe bike tour is an outstanding way to see a lot of the city that goes beyond just the main sights.

  14. Veola Sancho

    Bookmarked! I’m going to share this article with my friends! We can consider bike tour for our SF trip.

  15. Frances Shapiro

    I’m planning a trip to SF and I’m guessing bike tour can be a highlight of my trip. That might be an authentic SF experience?! 🤔🤔🤔

  16. Josephine Murphy

    I absolutely loved this article, what a great way to see an amazingly beautiful city.

  17. Jennifer varner

    The city of San Francisco will show its majestic beauty when when you get out of the heart of it!

  18. Mary Beyer

    So jealous of your wonderful experience!

  19. Francis Woods

    I have been to San Francisco several times on business but have never gotten to go for pleasure and this article about the bike tour just might be the catalyst needed to get me over there again! Does anyone know of any good bike rentals in the area? 🙂

  20. Andrew Givens

    San Francisco has so much architectural beauty, it would be a shame to see it any other way! A bicycle tour would be the best way to finish off a trip to San Fran and it could be the highlight of the vacation. I will let you know when I get back! 🙂

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