After a day of travel full of the typical inconveniences (loud, beer-swilling blokes and weaponised cartons of UHT) the first full day in San Francisco was glorious. Waffles at a kitschy diner just around from the hotel, before grabbing the cable car down to the ferry building and hiring some bikes.
I think cycling up the Embarcadero is a great introduction to the city; the area around the ferry building is full of great food halls and shops, giving way to a tourist trap along the wharf area. Either way the mood is so relaxed.
An hour or so later we made it to the Golden Gate. Cycling across it was really fun and the views, as expected, were stunning (the SF chapter of Arsehole Road Cyclists were also out that day).
A couple of fast downhills took us to Sausalito where found a delicious Mexican roadside cafe; nachos, a burrito, a couple of beers and a customer complimenting my Voyager I t-shirt made for a spectacular afternoon. The town is quiet, utterly beautiful, and far beyond any reasonable price range.
Then it was the ferry back past Alcatraz (yes I did had The Rock theme in my head all day long) and snoozing in the hotel past dinnertime.