Golden Gate Bridge

Trip Start Jul 10, 2013
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Trip End Jan 06, 2014


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Friday, October 4, 2013

This morning we packed up, had breakfast and headed towards San Francisco. We travelled in convoy as Ginny was going to drop her car off at Ingrid's in Oakland before carrying on. Once we had done that we all headed in, we drove through Downtown and headed up Van Ness to get to Lombard, oh my it is steep, wouldn't like to do a handbrake hill start on it! We got to the famous crocked street, got our first view of Alcatraz, and even drove down it which we all thought was pretty cool. Parked at the bottom to have a look up it before heading on. We then drove down along the waters edge to the Golden Gate Bridge and as luck would have it we got a parking spot. We all climbed out the car and headed straight to the bridge. It was full of tourists both working and cycling. It was a perfectly clear day except for being a bit windy. We started our walk across. Ginny told us to walk on which we did and made our way across to the other side, spectacular views across the Bay and towards Alcatraz. Nearly had a heart attack when Rich decided to put Rorke on his shoulders and have a look over the side. We stopped for a snack and a drink before having a race back across. Paige, Roxton and I verses Richard, Courtney and Rorke. We met up with Ginny along the way and made it in 34min verses 36min from the others. All in all not bad going for just under a 6 km round trip. We then had a quick bite to eat before driving along the coastline up to a viewing spot. There was a tee box just below where we stopped and the kids took great pleasure in watching the holders tee off and follow their balls, Rich hopes that this is a sign of things to come. We then drove down and around the Golden Gate Park before heading out of town, in order to beat the weekend traffic to Alameda. We arrived in good time and received a fantastic welcome by Larissa and Cassie. Everyone just clicked and the kids all enjoyed playing with their little cousin. Carl arrived home soon afterwards and we all sat down to eat. We hadn't sat down for long when Ingrid arrived. Great food and great company. Ginny and Ingrid left around 9.30 and the 4 of us sat up chatting for a while longer .
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