Long time no speak but the world at large can be a little overwhelmingly demanding & can lead to bad habits & evil ways. But enough of my good qualities back to the story. I have now been twice to the Golden Gate City & am firmly of the opinion that a bicycle ride around the Bay is a must do. It is a popular past-time & filled with riders of all dimensions & denominations, from road-bikes to tandems & trailers, with joggers & walkers all mesmerised by the views of Alcatraz or the Bridges, Sausalito or Oaklands. It is mostly flat with a couple of short hills that require a bit of effort or a walk but certainly not beyond most average folks.
Picking the weather is always the key in most activities but certainly in SFC it is a key component, be it the fog or the sea-breeze but getting a nice day is an advantage. If you decide on the Golden Gate Bridge route you will be rewarded with a breath-taking view of San Fran or out to the Pacific, but keep pedalling along & you can roll into the Mill Valley, Sausalito area which is a different feel again. It is an extremely rich in good folks & vibes & the community is one with plenty to explore. I found my first real coffee in the USA (a must for Melburnians stranded without real expresso for too long) & a wealth of connections & very few degrees of separation. When you find it has hosted artists, musicians & great thinkers over the years, combined with glory of Muir's Forest. I was so inspired i eventually wrote a song "Sausalito Slowdown" to describe the feeling. It is my tribute to the Dock of the Bay! Enjoy