Riding through the city these past few weeks is amazing. It's so nice to ride without cars, cyclist ruling the streets, pedestrians everywhere enjoying the clean, sping air. I've said this before, but I can't get over it. I don't want to get over it. Can we change some things forever?
Can we prioritize healthier, more eco-friendly forms of personal transport going forward?
A nice circuit ride is from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, up Hawk Hill to Point Bonita Lighthouse, back through the tunnel, back across Golden Gate Bridge, and into San Francisco.
Here's a satellite shot of roughly the same area.
When you get to the top of Hawk Hill, you're rewarded with this view. It's a steep climb and drop down the other side.
It's even better without all of the airplane contrails cluttering up the sky. Here's a set of pictures of the view on 10 March 2020. One of my favorite views is in that set of pictures, the view as you start down the backside side of the hill overlooking the expanse of the Pacific Ocean sprawling before you. One can easily hit 65 kph before the second set of turns. It's awesome.
I don't look forward to a return to "normal".