Blazing Saddles Bike Tour
pon entering Blazing Saddles, we were greeted with beaming enthusiasm and excitement despite the pouring rain outside. We had per-booked our daily tour online, but seemed plenty of people just walked in as well. After signing a few forms, we were brought to the back to watch a video about the trip we were to take. A cheesy video, but it did the trick to walk us though our tour and options. We were given pre-paid ferry tickets and ponchos, both of these items can be returned at the end if unused for no charge.
NOSE & SWIRL
After getting our equipment we met our co-tourer (a lady from Australia). We needed a group of four people to get the tour going, but it seemed that we were in luck to proceed. CJ was our guide. Throughout our trip we learned he is a bike enthusiast, full time employee for many years, who usually works back-of-shop. He really appreciates and loves the company he works for. Tours are not something he does everyday, but enjoys it when he is called to do one of them. CJ was not pre-scripted and seemed to be a very genuine, easy-going west coaster. There were certain areas we stopped which were pre-determined, but we appreciated the views and good photo ops.
ur day was one-of-a-kind, but with our guide’s positivity and love for rain, the soaking ride was surprisingly pleasant. It might have been one of the worst days for being a tourist with buckets coming down from above, but for local San Fransicans rain is a blessing and the fog, which they personified and referred to as Karl, was a local hero they accepted and learned to live with. Some of the places our tour encompassed were the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts (dating back form the 1915 expo), the expensive and architecturally diverse Marina District, the Crissy Field Marsh lakeshore with all the vistas of the bridge and gardens on the way. CJ even talked a bit about Presidio. We stopped by at a cafe to warm up and re-energize before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. We learned many curious facts about the bridge, with its’ International Orange colour (starting off as a primer coat) as well as the tons of cables on there and details on them project. Ma Cherie was very impressed with the holistic design style, where even the lights belonged to the same visual language. Off it we even saw a seal swirling in the water down under.
e ended our trip in Sausalito, a lovely city across the bay, on the coast, where we used our ferry vouchers provided by Blazing Saddles to make our way back. Mon Cheri and I even rushed to a nearby burger joint (recommended by CJ) to satisfy our hunger and warm up on our 20 minute ferry ride which was chilly (we even thought that the A/C might have been working). Mind you, our body temperatures might have been a bit off after an hour and a half of being blasted with heavy rain. We enjoyed CJ’s warm company as we learned more about him. Lastly we made our way back along the piers to North Beach - turning to Blazing Saddle’s home base.
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