I am embarrassed to admit that I have lived in the Bay Area for 8 years and only heard of San Bruno Mountain a few weeks ago. Lynn’s roommate Terra, took a ride up there recently and described the climb as a challenge. I unexpectedly got today off from work and decided to go for a ride. I picked up my Bay Area Bike Rides book for inspiration on where to ride and found a ride for San Bruno Mountain.
Bay Area Bike Rides sucks because it gives you directions on how drive your bike somewhere to ride. This doesn’t help me at all, I would just like a route from somewhere in SF to San Bruno Mountain. I cross referenced the San Francisco Bike Map, the Krebs South San Francisco Bay & Monterey Bay Areas map and the SF2G Bayshore directions to figure out a route there.
I did well until I got intimidated by the traffic on Bayshore. I ended up going in circles to avoid it. I got frustrated and on top of that my heart was a little heavy thinking about some recent sad news about a friend. I almost gave up 15 times but something kept me going.
I took Bayshore to San Bruno to Guadalpe Canyon and up to the summit road Radio Road. Oh my, they call it “Radio” for a reason! There were so many towers, antennas and dishes, I swear I could feel my brains frying.
The view up there is amazing! I tried to take pictures as ominous gray clouds started rolled in. I imagine you could see the whole bay area from there!
The descent was steep, windy and cold. Brrr… I was so cold I sang a song about being freezing, hoping it would warm me up. The descent felt like it went on forever. I wondered how the fuck I climbed that far to begin with. I decided to get back into SF by way of Carter to Geneva and Mission. I’ve always hated riding down Mission. Traffic sux!
San Bruno Mountain was definitely challenging in many ways and I hope to go back sometime with company!