Last Saturday, we rode our bikes from downtown Walnut Creek to Danville, where we visited the farmers’ market as well as the library, and a couple of other places. It was a nice day for this time of year, and we enjoyed mingling with the crowds at the farmers’ market, where the jolly strains of “Waltzing Matilda” played by a live group enhanced the shopping experience. We are always glad that we come by bike instead of car when we see the competition for parking spots in the lot next to the market. For a few glimpses of our Saturday experience, please click here.
To test out our new Go Pro video camera, we chose to ride around Stanford’s flat bicycle friendly campus. Since it was Martin Luther King’s birthday, we were able to park free by the Cantor Museum. It was a clear day, but the air was very chilly for us Bay Area natives. We just got on our bikes and rode with no clear path in mind. We passed by many of the campus buildings and some of the lovely old houses where professors live. We rode over to the Stanford Shopping Center to eat lunch, where we had a satisfying meal at Neiman Marcus. It is always fun, even for “old blues” to visit Palo Alto and the Stanford Campus. Click here .
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. To celebrate, we decided to visit the Masters of Venice art exhibit at the de Young Museum, ride our bikes, and enjoy a meal out. We parked by the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park, a place where it is almost always easy to find a parking spot., and wended our way up to the de Young on John F. Kennedy Drive. There were several uphill stretches, and we did stop to rest a couple of times, but this is not a bad ride. Last time we rode to the de Young, we went up Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., which is much steeper. The air was cool, but it was sunny, clear, and pleasant, a gorgeous San Francisco day. We parked our bikes right in front of the De Young, where there are several bike racks. The exhibit was not particularly crowded, and we were able to read all the accompanying material easily. The murals of Venice that provided a backdrop for the exhibit made us want to pack up right away to visit this wonderful city.
After a good lunch in the museum cafeteria, we rode back on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., which is downhill all the way. Although there is not a bike lane on this road, we did not feel particularly threatened by the traffic. When we are not on bike paths now, we attach our blinking red lights to the back of bikes for safety. Of course, I realize that we should not let these make us feel overly secure.
Leaving Golden Gate Park, we drove around to the Palace of the Legion of Honor to visit the Pisarro’s People exhibit. The traffic is always so bad between our home and San Francisco now that we like to do as much as we can when we visit. At this second museum, since the parking was a challenge we had to make a long uphill trek. And this exhibit was so crowded that the visit was less pleasurable than the one earlier in the day. Nevertheless Pisarro’s paintings are a visual treat, and we were glad that we went. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the area around the Palace of the Legion of Honor are always spectacular unless some of the SF fog has drifted in.
We just returned from one of our favorite rides on Iron Horse Trail from Danville to the San Ramon Farmers’ Market. The path was fairly quiet on the way to San Ramon, but coming back it was crowded. This topic is one that I have visited several times. The trail is a thoroughfare, and people have no business blocking the path by walking more than two abreast or letting their children stray all over the path. Before you take your children on the path, folks, make sure that they know how to ride their bikes, preferably without training wheels. Also make sure that they know left from right and know that they need to stay on the right side of the path. Some older folks need to refresh their knowledge of left and right as well.
People who do not heed the rules of the path are a danger to themselves and to others. This path is a gem for our valley. Please cooperate in maintaining the safety of all who use it.