Quick and Dirty: S24O
Last minute decisions can make for some of the most memorable life experiences. After a failed attempt to camp by car the day before, my determination was strong to sleep out in the woods this weekend. Knowing that Laura had already planned a trip, I asked to join in on the fun.
After some quick planning, I was able to meet at the rendezvous point -
The next day I packed up my minimal setup; ground tarp,
I arrived early to Arizmendi, knowing we would have to wait for others. This gave Laura, Zach and
We hit the road at 3:30, making our way thru the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge. Riding up Hawk Hill, we passed all the cars waiting to get to the top for the sunset. I rolled up next to a car and teased them about racing as the traffic had made for something of a parking lot.
We worked our way toward the
We made it to
Beers opened, burritos were showboated, and whiskey was passed under the stars. The night was warm so most of us slept outside on tarps. Waking the next morning and enjoying the sunrise from my sleeping bag was amazing. I enjoyed my cozy view for awhile before hiking up further to catch the full morning sky. The view from on high is a nice 360 of the bay from Sausalito to Pacifica.
Camp slowly stirred and the late sleepers were treated to
The return ride was great, rolling down all the ups, perfect weather, and the west side of the bridge was even open! After we crossed the bridge, I parted from the group and headed back to the north end of the city.
I had not biked that way in a long while and managed to miss a turn. I became like a tourist in my own city, finding my way. It happened to be a pleasant detour. I eventually rolled up on my favorite street, the one my fur dog is named for. The one I love and was heading home to.
It turns out that twenty-four hours is just enough time to get away. It can be done, and it can set the tone for the whole week ahead. I challenge you to find a fast and dirty route near you, pack your gear simple and light, and head for the hills. I
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