USA Day 12: San Francisco Cycling
Big day planned today – we decided to hire our bikes as early as possible and then head out to a café called “Just for You” out in a little neighbourhood called “Dogpatch”.
Just For You Café
732 – 22nd Street @ 3rd Street (in Dogpatch)
San Francisco, California 94107
(415) 647 3033
Open: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 3pm; Sat – Sun 8am – 3pm
Again, we got there early enough to snaffle a table inside – before too long there was a line of people outside. I wish they’d stop following us!!!
I decided to try a “cowgirl” – 2 eggs and bacon on pancakes (oatmeal) –
this café had a choice of 4 different types of pancakes.
Alas – the oatmeal pancakes were not as good as Provisions in Williamstown.
Cycling the Embarcardo to Golden Gate Bridge
So, it was time for us to head off on our Golden Gate adventure – we’d already done 8km just getting to breakfast – so we were already burning off those home fries and pancakes.
I love this sculpture – it was a big bow and arrow – that’s me in the pic! Makes me look tiny! Apparently San Francisco has a reputation as being the home port of Eros (the god of love), which is what inspired this sculpture.
Apparently the Palace of Fine Arts was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama Pacific exposition. They just love their expositions – why didn’t we build something so lovely when it came to Australia??? For pop culture fans – it features in “So I married an axe murderer” with Mike Myers, and also “The Rock” with Sean Connery.
All up – we did a 40km ride – I couldn’t believe it – with some serious elevation (over 300m). We hadn’t even started our cycling tour yet!
We gave our bikes back and then had a hot dog for lunch – pretty simple stuff really.
Alcatraz Night Tour
About 3:30pm we headed out for our Alcatraz tour. Alas – it got pretty cold and rainy… so it was a bit of a wash out – but it was still an interesting tour. First they shuffle you through a bunch of lines, you get a picture taken of you standing in front of a photo of Alcatraz (really??? Puh-leaze!). Then we get shuffled onto the boat – where there are not enough seats for everyone, but we snaffled some between some unsuspecting tourists! Heck – who am I kidding, we’re all tourists on that boat!! After about 30 minutes on the boat – you get shuffled out of the boat and up to the “theatre” – where they give you a short talk. Then you get shuffled up to the cell block shower room where they fit you with audio headsets and a pre-recorded audio tour. You head upstairs and press play and follow the directions – it was very interesting (despite the high-tourist spin).
The trouble with Alcatraz was that I felt a bit seedy once I was over there – so much so we had to forego dinner!!! Oh no!!! I suspect it was eating eggs in the morning – I don’t seem to be able to eat eggs (unless they’re in pancakes or French toast!!!!). Anyway – it was early to bed for a slightly seedy Helen – while Andrew chowed down on some room service!
Tomorrow is an exciting day – the first day of our Duvine Cycling Adventure!