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1:30 am three-bridge motorcycle ride [May. 2nd, 2007|02:36 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I decided to go exploring at 1:30 am. I ended up going 44 miles across 3 bridges in the Bay Area...
Observations:
  • Lack of traffic is fun.
  • Gusty wind is fun.
  • Fastrack is fun. And I don't need to actually stick it on the velcro I recently put on... it works from little locked storage area. Time to remove the velcro thingies.
  • Had never been on San Rafael bridge before!
  • Started to rain when I was in Marin and harder on the Golden Gate bridge... rain is fun. Lack of rain gear ... not so much. Kinda soaking wet now, and my shoes/socks are drenched as well.
  • Golden Gate at night w/ fog is creepy.
  • Those large earthquake-buffering metal teeth on the Golden Gate ... shit. Be ready for them! First set of them shook me pretty good, kinda freaked me out. Yay for instinctively auto-correcting.
  • Going up steep hills (like Divisadero, near Lombard, going up to Broadway) makes it easy to accidentally pop litttle wheelies. Lean forward, accelerate slower than normal.
  • Divisadero is slippery when wet. I got to feel the ABS a few times. (admittedly mostly on purpose, once I saw it work the first time, braking down a hill)
  • Some asshole ran a red light on Geary, as I was crossing with my green on Divisadero. He broke hard, I accelerated hard... we missed by feet.
Good times!
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[User Picture]From: sandy
2007-05-02 01:43 pm (UTC)
TMI for a mother. Can't you sit home and live in a bubble?
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[User Picture]From: iamjosh
2007-05-02 02:51 pm (UTC)
LOL, Mine asks me to do that as well..

Also My Boss really isn't excited about my 3000+ Miles Road Trip to Cali, worried I'm not gonna make it back to work.
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[User Picture]From: glyphard
2007-05-02 01:56 pm (UTC)
congratulations on your first time getting drenched on a bike with NADT you can do about it!

also, wtih regards to the metal teeth. After riding for several years, my personal favorite for surfaces that freak me out is... asphalt that is being resurfaced, and has just been chewed up and has all of those grooves parallel to the direction of travel. It makes you feel like you're on one of those track car rides from childhood, not in a good way!

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[User Picture]From: stalk_her
2007-05-02 02:43 pm (UTC)
it almost looks like the shape of texas
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[User Picture]From: toast0
2007-05-02 02:53 pm (UTC)
those metal teeth are expansion joints, and should be present in well engineered metal bridges everywhere.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-02 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks for the vocab. Wikipedia's picture of an expansion joint doesn't look scary enough, though. :)
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-05-02 03:33 pm (UTC)

!!

Let me get this straight: you biked 44 miles in the middle of the night in the middle of the work week, in fog and rain, and some clown nearly creamed you when he ran a red light--and you think it was "good times!" and thought the experience was fun? Brad, you either have too much energy or you are from another planet. :)
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2007-05-02 03:47 pm (UTC)
What Google maps feature gets you a Topo button?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-02 06:04 pm (UTC)
Somebody hacked it using the Google Maps API plus some other abusive javascript. Search around... you'll find it.
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2007-05-02 03:55 pm (UTC)
Fun time!

From the news reports here, it sounded like the whole freeway system -- or at least the whole 80/580/880 interchange -- was shut down by the fire last weekend.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-02 06:14 pm (UTC)
It still is, but it's free getting up to Berkeley (at least at night. during the day it probably blows...)
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-05-02 05:49 pm (UTC)
going the other way across the san rafael bridge is surreal at night at 120mph with no traffic.
the lights are all evenly spaced, and you sorta zen out
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-02 10:28 pm (UTC)
I think 85 mph is about my limit. Not sure about the bike's limit. :)
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-05-05 12:56 am (UTC)
yeah- bikes get sketchy above 120...
i did 140 indicated once (prolly 130 IRL), and the wind buffetting on the helmet was so bad i couldn't see-
do it in a car :)
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[User Picture]From: purple_b
2007-05-02 09:21 pm (UTC)
My scooter club used to meet every Thursday at Dylan's (now homestead) and about once a month someone would say "Three bridges?" and off we'd go. An hour later we'd be back in the pub with a pint. I have great memories of that ride.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-02 10:28 pm (UTC)
I guess I didn't pick a very original route, eh? :)
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[User Picture]From: purple_b
2007-05-02 11:30 pm (UTC)
except I think you went the expensive way. If you go north first you only have to pay on one bridge.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-03 12:19 am (UTC)
Ah, I was wondering about that. Good to know!
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2007-05-03 02:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, those expansion joints on the Golden Gate Bridge are pretty wide:

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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-03 02:54 am (UTC)
I remember it being even worse than that. Is that in the center? The ones at about the thirds from the edges seemed different/bigger.
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2007-05-03 02:56 am (UTC)
I took that about four and a half years ago and I think it was just under the tower on the San Francisco side.
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