This weekend we revisited the Sawyer Camp Trail following the same route as last time. We tried to take off at 9:30am but didn’t actually leave the Panhandle until 10:30am (an improvement from our 1pm departure last week). It’s rough this time of year because we’re usually racing the sunset. Can’t wait until the days get longer and we can go further.
On the trail we saw the usual peaceful deer and ducks and while stretching on a post, I encountered a huge spider!
Once we got to Canada Rd. that Bicycle Sunday sign read “Canceled”. This means they didn’t close the road to motorists. I called the info line and found out that they were only canceled for the New Year holiday (phew). The road was still really pleasant and car traffic was low.
This is where our route deviates from last time. Lynn had the great idea to follow the SFtoG Bayway route, the directions Google employees usually take from San Francisco to Google. We had to follow the directions backwards since they only went north to south. The cue sheet also confusing because it lacked mileage between turns and we juped in at a random place in the directions. En route, I tried to use the iPhone to help us hook up to the route from Woodside Rd.. Dude, looking at satellite view of Google maps on an iPhone Safari browser sucks. Frustrated, I used the map app and found a quick route to the Bayshore Blvd.
(Confusing directions begin.)
We continued East on Woodside, went Left on El Camino Real, Right on Jefferson, Left on Veterans and Right on Whipple, where we took a pedestrian path across the crazy 101 entrance. We looked up to see a Bay Trail sign and hopped on the reverse of the SF to G route (see the turn by turn direction “Str onto E Bayshore Rd” between “L on Blomquist St” and “Turns in Haven Ave”). I’m going to map it out when we go down there next time and maybe even become a member of MapMyRide.com so that I can provide turn by turn directions with mileage.
(Confusing directions end.)
The rest was easy, fun and pretty damn beautiful.
(San Mateo Bridge)
While riding down Beach Park in Foster City/ San Mateo we encountered several beautiful stray cats. We also ran into a friend and her date! Crazy coincidence. They were photographing the cats. I’ll have to ask her to let me post some photos here. We were loosing light, so we turned off to the San Mateo Caltrain Station and headed back to the city. Our ride was about 55 miles this time. We plan to build on it next time by starting earlier and not spending so much time trying to find ourselves.