Posted by: Bethany Davis | May 1, 2012

San Fran: Biking the Golden Gate Bridge (part 1 of 5)

moments before we crossed the bridge on our tandem

Last year during this time, I was preparing to give birth to Vera. This year, Brian and I took a quick getaway trip to California! We flew out Wednesday night, and back to Salt Lake on Saturday. My mom graciously agreed to extend her trip to see us so she could watch Vera for us.

It was wonderful to spend uninterrupted time and explore San Francisco for the first time together. When we arrived it was drizzling, but we were able to take BART from the airport to the downtown Powell station, then catch the Powell-Mason cable car to our hotel. We were famished by the time we checked in, and devoured some (okay, a ton of…) Indian food at a nearby late-night restaurant.

We picked our hotel for a couple for a couple reasons: (1) it was cheap ($69/night), and (2) it has character. The San Remo is a 62-room three-story Italianate Victorian that’s basically a step up from a hostel with its shared bathrooms. We enjoyed the claw-foot tub and the massage chairs in the lobby after long days.

pausing for a picture on the 2-mile downhill ride from the Bridge to Sausalito

Thursday morning we walked a block to rent our tandem bike, then stopped for lattes and pastries at Coffee Adventures. It was great to ride together again, since we left our tandem in Georgia. We continued along the bay and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was exhilarating! The slightly cold wind was whipping against our faces as we pedaled and peered out over the bay.

The morning drizzle soon turned into a beautiful day! The bay was clear and the sun warm. We rode into Saulsalito, a little Italianesque town, did some souvenir and window shopping, then took the ferry back to san fran. We opted not to take the pricey Alcatraz tour, but got a good view from the ferry.

yummy porchetta from Roli Roti

Next stop was the Farmer’s Market in the Ferry Building. After scouting out some food trucks, we decided on the Roli Roti parked out front. The long line told us that it was a local favorite, too! We split a porchetta sandwich and some ginger beer from Soda Craft. At this point in the day, we learned why the bike rental place was called “Blazing Saddles”… haha! 😉 Thankfully, our bike riding was almost over and our bums could get a break from the bike.

Our goal was spend our money wisely on this trip, yet still enjoy what San Francisco had offer. Splitting meals and bike riding around town allowed us to do just that! More posts to follow on our SF adventures…



  1. Great post. All I needed to see was “porchetta” and I knew that you’d really enjoyed SF. Love Roli Toti and since you did as well, I have a post which you might enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

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