Our first San Francisco adventure was one of our most popular ‘Bay Area Backroads’ treks, featuring a virtual tour of Eastern San Francisco including  South of Market and ‘Changing San Francisco.’
This weekend we ventured out into the Mission District including areas we’d actually never set foot in before, including the beautiful ‘Delores’ neighborhood including the beautiful Delores Park and Mission.
Again, we were on bike which is now probably the best way to see San Francisco, what with all the bike lanes and now since they limit car traffic in many areas. We had initially planned to do a large chunk of the 70-year-old ’49-mile Scenic Drive.’  We did manage to cover pieces of it but it will take several trips since the path is broken up with many signs missing. However, you will see one of those signs on this trip… Come along for the ride…
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Virtual two minute bike ride through the Mission District – Please excuse our shaky ‘home grown’ dash cam

Coming from the East Bay, we took the first easy exit (Fifth Street) off the Bay Bridge to avoid the heavy traffic this Sunday, August 28, 2016.  Found a nice parking spot on the corner of Brannan and Sixth Street on the frontage road. FREE Parking today (Sundays)! Got out the bike and on our way…
The plan will be a loop covering taking us West to Caesar Chaves and up Delores Street and back, but then, you never know with us… We don’t depend solely on maps which leaves us some freedom to end up, well, in some real adventures… and a few pickles ie ‘Thirty Minutes  from Total Darkness.’

 

Map credits to JL7 Ventures, used for non-commercial purposes   We plan to pick up on some more parts of the 49 mile drive in future San Francisco ‘Backroads’ Adventures – Stay tuned and be sure to join our mailing list for future updates!  Thanks and enjoy.
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Homeless tent cities were among the first dis-tractions – all a part of San Francisco…but it gets better quickly

 

Harrison is a great street to use for the first leg of the adventure, passing through colorful old Victorian areas like this. We were surprised by the cleanliness (save for the  homeless encampments) and good shape of the roads.

 

 

Not long before we came upon famous 24th Street, home of the famous St. Francisco Ice Cream Fountain and  the heart of the Mission. What beautiful tree-lined streets we didn’t remember; always thought of the Mission as more industrial.

 

 

Speaking of the St. Francis, here we are! That iconic neon sign! Next time we come we must stop and go in.

 

 

You don’t see houses painted like this anywhere else.

 

Classic dry cleaners and laundry

 

A nice park, featuring skateboard park and school near Potrero

 

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On our way to Cesar Chaves – which would turn out to be the wrong direction

 

Feed the birds, ‘Two Pence A Bag’

 

 

West we thought was East on Chavez , which would extend our trip…

 

After turning around, we’re going East which we thought was West. Nice bike path here and most everywhere!

 

No Comprende. Everything in Spanish

 

 

Ah, and there it is… as we pedal towards Oakland on Caesar Chaves, quite nice for what has become an industrial area

 

San Francisco truly Bikers paradise  now where bike trails abound. We’ll stay on Chaves rather than going towards Embarcadero, which we visited last time

 

End of the line for Caesar Chaves East. Time to turn around and go West, as intended but first a quick stop at , perhaps the past Pier on , yes, the extended Embarcaero! See the giant cranes peaking out behind the sign?

 

They did a heck of a job fitting these bike paths and little bridges amidst the infrastructure (Hwy 101 looms above)

 

Oops! A little competition for trail space

 

The homeless even get their own oversized garbage ‘pods’
Finally approaching the REAL West end of Caesar Chavez and turning right onto the inimitable Delores Street

 

Almost looks more like Palm Springs than San Francisco. Even the weather is better  in this South-West area of the city

 

One of the many ups and downs, this being an up and a nice shot of the setting sun behind the Sutro Tower

 

And a look down at where we just came from .You mean  we biked all the way from across the city? (of course the city is only 7 miles across)

 

 

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And yet another hill crest. No wonder San Francisco was rated the most ‘fit’ city in a recent survey I read.

 

And here we are, approaching the famous Delores Park, which -only in SF- was celebrating ‘topless’day though by the time we got there it was getting a bit chilly for topless, perhaps. The only Twin Peaks we saw were a a few miles away.

 

Guess I better go back and correct the spelling of Dolores without the ‘e’ at the beginning.

 

 

What a park is Dolores Park, looking towards Mission High School and the REAL Mission Dolores behind it.

 

 

 

Dolores Park from the front monument

 

Here they call it ‘Mission’Dolores Park

 

Looks more like a church than a high school

 

And this is the church,  just to the right of  the old Mission Dolores you’ll see next

 

Mission Dolores in white, with the cross atop it, all 240 Years old – built in 1776, has to be the oldest building in SF though most of the mission has been redone. They say the Chapel is one of only two structures that is original

 

 

Winding our way up Dolores we reach the end with a statue on the corner of Dolores around 16th St.

 

Sorry for the lack of info as this is our first time and, being on a bike wasn’t able to go inside and check things out, but we believe this to be The old San Francisco Mint, but that’s only a guess.
That will be ‘Mission Accomplished’ for today. It was quite an eye opener and gave us a whole new perspective of San Francisco – an  impressive one. Definitely worth a tour for not only the beauty but the history of the Mission.
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