San Francisco, Lift Up Your Golden Gate! – Day 38 – Pacific Coast Bicycle Route

Eagle Cafe, we have returned.

Eagle Cafe/Pier 39
Eagle Cafe/Pier 39

After 20 plus years, we ┬áhave finally made it back to San Francisco and had breakfast at the Eagle Cafe. When we were here umpteen years ago, Bill was on a “business trip” with the Shipyard and I was able to stay with him for the few days he was here. We walked down one morning to Pier 39 to have breakfast at the Eagle Cafe, where fisherman and ship captains, business men (and a few women) and blue collar dockworkers all shared the same tables. It was a unique experience.

After leaving Mill Valley this morning, we headed for the Golden Gate Bridge. With fog on the horizon, the views out over the water weren’t as picturesque but still this bridge is an amazing engineering feat. We crossed over on the east side. Different days have different sides to use to cross the bridge. Since it was early, 8:00 AM, we were crossing with (or should I say against) all the commuting traffic including cyclists and pedestrians.

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

Once we were actually on the bridge (we had to get the bikes down a set of stairs, cross under the bridge, then up a another set of stairs) it was smooth sailing but very noisy.

Foggy skyline from the bridge
Foggy skyline from the bridge
We made it!
We made it!

On the San Francisco side we traveled through Golden Gate Park and the Marina, then the historic Maritime district to Pier 39 where we finally were able to eat breakfast. The Eagle Cafe has been modernized a little since our first visit, but the views were great and the food was scrumptious.

Eagle Cafe
Eagle Cafe

After breakfast we went to the end of Pier 39 to watch the sea lions – they reminded me of Kate’s dogs, Dazey and Enzo, always lying on top of one another.

Sea lions galore
Sea lions galore
a pile of sea lions
a pile of sea lions
Karen, checking out the sea lions
Karen, checking out the sea lions

We cycled back the way we came then headed through the Presidio Park and Golden Gate Park again after taking a few detours to get us back on route.

Palace of the Arts - Presidio Park
Palace of the Arts – Presidio Park
Detour through a construction site
Detour through a construction site
Construction site
Construction site
Another detour used Lover's Lane
Another detour used Lover’s Lane
What? We have to climb up that hill?
What? We have to climb up that hill?

After the construction site detour and the Lover’s Lane climb, we were back on our route and traveled through Golden Gate Park again to reach Great Highway, which parallels the Pacific Ocean headed to Daly City.

Looking uphill from Great Highway.
Looking uphill from Great Highway.
Uniquely painted homes - Great Highway
Uniquely painted homes – Great Highway

San Francisco is a very unique city. I have heard every language under the sun and what a diverse population – tourist and otherwise. This is the first city we have cycled through that has great cycle lanes, paths, and trails and many folks on bicycles.

We are done for the day in Daly City and will be in view of the Pacific tomorrow as we make our way to Half Moon Bay.