Having said our goodbyes to Tom and wished him well with the rest of his trip to Los Angeles we were finally on our own with a few days to kill before flying out of San Fran to Tokyo via Los Angeles 😉
First morning started with a trip to Brainwash, our go to place while in San Fran, it’s a launderette, cafe, serves beer, has comedy nights and serves a damn fine stack of pancakes, not to mention some really good coffee, fuelled up we set off to REI, a fantastic outdoor shop and only a block or two from our hotel. We must have spent at least two hours in there but Naomi finally settled on a new tent and between us we filled a shopping basket 😉
Back to the hotel to drop everything off before heading downtown, we strolled some, bused some and caught a tram as well, we stopped at Macy’s for cheesecake at the Cheese Cake Factory, a great place with a view as well as great food..
See what I mean ??
We got as far as the piers down at the bay..
We saw China Town..
We generally acted as tourists, taking photos of anything and everything, eating, drinking and having fun. Stuffed after all that we never made it out for dinner so it was back to the hotel for an early night with the plan to get up early and go to Alcatraz !!
Well we got up, caught the tram to Pier 33 and stood in line for tickets….imagine our surprise when we finally got to the front we were informed that trips to Alcatraz were sold out TWO MONTHS in advance and they were only selling bay trip tickets, neither of us wanted to spend time cruising round San Fran bay in the cold so we packed off to the cafe and consoled ourselves with coffee and cinnamon rolls 😉
As we couldn’t get to Alcatraz we went to pick up our bikes from the guys at Freewheels..
The guys at Freewheels and the shop, our grateful thanks to them for fitting us in and for sorting all our issues !!
We cycled back to the hotel and while I started dismantling the bikes Naomi went to the Marin bike shop at the end of the street to collect the bike boxes we’d already secured the day before !!
A big thanks to the guys at The Marin bike shop as they were also kind enough to supply some spare bolts and packing materials, no charge 😉
Bikes finally packed and locked away in a store room meant I could finally relax a bit !!
We decided that we’d go for Thai meal that night so we caught a taxi up to 8th and found a restaurant that had been recommended to us, rightly so it seems as the meal was gorgeous 😉
Next day saw us doing more sight seeing, the Museum of Art..
I have to mention the Segway tourists, for the lazy among you this is the way forward, the only thing is you end up looking like a right bunch of numpties. You all do exactly the same moves at the same time while concentrating so hard it just made us laugh…
Great aren’t they, really adds a splash of colour to the city 😉
In the evening, our last in this great city, we had tickets to see David Grisman and the Blue Grass Experience, great music and good beer so all in all a great night out…
David and his band 😉
Well as we needed to get up at 4.00am to get to San Francisco airport we headed home early and set the alarm !!
Up, packed, bikes retrieved from storage and checked out of the hotel, waiting for the airport shuttle that we’d arranged specially to accommodate our bikes and luggage, the bus that arrived was small and already full of people so there was no way our bikes would fit !!!!
Fortunately at this point Naomi hailed a cab and asked if he could get all our stuff to airport ? Fair play to him he dropped the seats, moved his stuff and somehow got us, our bikes and luggage in one cab !!!
He knew exactly where to drop us and we actually passed the original shuttle on the way to the airport, made us both smile 😉
Bikes and luggage checked in we relaxed a bit and started to think about Japan and what it would be like, the flight from San Fran to L A was only 2 hours but from L A to Tokyo it was 11 hours, plenty of time to think about how you get 50 kilo of luggage and bikes from Tokyo airport to a hotel in Tokyo, that’s in the next blog but for now I’m tired and off to bed, night night 😉
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