The wacky misadventures of the SF->Google/south-bay bike commuter gang
Friday, August 7, 2009
8/7 NRLB - Bayway - 6:30am rollout from Ritual
Somewhere between work outtages, the caffeine required to combat them
and my cat deciding that my face was the most comfy bed she had ever
seen every 30 minutes I didn't get a whole lot of sleep last night and
was reconsidering riding when I woke up. I choked down a powerbar, a
couple Advil and some water before gearing up. My stomach was a
little cranky but I told myself if it wasn't better by SFO I could
bail to Caltrain and headed out the door a few minutes later than
planned(06:44). Yo-yo had +1'd from Martha's and I always like to
meet new people discovering the premier meetup spot if I can.
Unfortunately as soon as I stepped out onto my front steps I could see
helmets cruising past on Cortland. I cruised down and caught peoples
on Bayshore. We had a very mellow ride from there down past Bayshore
Caltrain and a smaller group starting massing at the front led by
Mark, Christian(#2), Faye, Logan and myself ( did I forget anyone?).
I tried pulling a little but no one wanted to grab my wheel so I
settled in to a decent tempo. Logan mentioned it was a little fast
and started yo-yo'ing a little but eventually did manage to claw his
way back in. We cruised down past Amgen and our small group rolled up
on the first of many green lights. We made SFO with remarkably few
reds and picked up another rider clad in purple on a titanium frame
for a short time until he went off the front a bit before Coyote
Point. Christian(#2) and I chased the mystery rider down and rolled
into midpoint, Mr. Grape blew past. Mark said something about trying
to make a 9AM and didn't wait around for any more than 3 seconds. The
rest of us chillaxed a bit, ate some food and refilled water. In
another few minutes Debbie and then shortly thereafter maybe another 9
riders ( most of who I'm sure I can't name ) rolled in. Around then
our small group headed out to visit the feral cats. We picked up
another rider or two and Christian(#2) pushed the pace and attacked a
bit. Once we passed the Bucket List(TM) and were onto the straight
bike path Debbie who was now in our group also burst off the front
with mighty bursts of speed. Faye, ever the impatient, suggested
strongly that we raise the pace up a bit and so we burned up the
pavement remaining between us and Oracle in no time. Again we made
the light onto Marine pkwy and yet again from Redwood shores pkwy.
Just before the bridge to nowhere we picked up another rider. Happily
everyone managed BTN with no scrapes or falls and I expect our group
was off the road easily by 9:15.
It was good to see Logan back out on the bike. And never having
ridden with Christian(#2) before welcome him as well.
For double bonus points did anyone else spot the former sf2g regular
jogging along the lagoon?