USA Adventure: Orange Bridges and Blue Skies

In October and November 2006 I was lucky enough to go to the USA for work, so I took the opportunity to travel around while I was there. My travel emails were well received back home, so I’m posting them here for all to enjoy.

Original Date: 15 November 2006

Hey all,

Contrary to what the NY weather people said, today has been an amazing day. Clear blue skies, slight breeze, and about 20 degrees C. Perfect!

So perfect, I decided to hire a bike and go for a ride around San Francisco. I rode from Fisherman's Wharf, around and across the Golden Gate bridge, then all the way back again. The Golden Gate is really, really, impressive. Pictures really don't do it justice, as half the impact comes from it's setting (rocky coastline) and the way you gradually see more and more of it as you approach, but trust me when I say the exertion of riding was worth it.

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge… again

As for the rest of San Francisco, it's actually has more hills than I expected - and I expected lots of hills. Some of the hills are so steep the footpath is a flight of stairs! I rode the cable cars down to the "main" area, and had a look around, but I was a little tired after my biking adventures so I didn't stay for long.

The Exploratorium

Don’t Jump!

San Francisco!

The homeless people here are a little overwhelming, especially in the downtown areas. Think at least one per street corner, and another in-between corners, all with their cups out asking for money. Then there's the others that just shuffle around looking all homeless-like. I keep feeling like I should be all sympathetic and helpful, but I just found myself annoyed instead.

Anyway, I'm off to relax for a while and let my poor legs recover a little. :)

Take care, Craig

For a lot more photos from the trip, have a look at my Flickr set. I've geotagged them, so the map is pretty interesting too!

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