Climbing Mt. Tam

I’m really looking forward to today’s ride, Mt. Tamalpais. It’s one of my favorites on the calendar.
First we BART over the city where the ride starts under the shadow of the Oakland Bay Bridge. We ride along the Embarcadero past all the foodies at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, through Fisherman’s Wharf bereft of tourists in the morning, up and over the short but pleasantly steep hill at Fort Mason, through the Marina, alongside Crissy Field and up amongst the old edifices of the Presido before crossing into Marin on the Golden Gate Bridge.
After the bridge, we descend into Sausalito and pass through a serious a quaint Marin towns, Larkspur, San Anselmo, and Ross before taking a break at the hamlet of Farifax. Time for coffee, sandwiches or some other kind of refreshment before the main event starts.
We take a 90 degree southward turn on Fairfax-Bolinas Road which bisects the town and head up into the hills. This section of the road is a gradual ascent, windy through the Marin hills past large homes and a secluded golf course before plunging down to the Alpine Dam. Time for another rest.
After a break at the dam, the real climbing begins. Continuing on Fairfax-Bolinas, the head takes a sharp turn upwards through the redwoods to the ridge line. We continue up on a series of rolling hills called the “Seven Sisters” before plummeting back down to sea level from the heights of Mt. Tamalpais. Then it’s back to SF and BART and finally Oakland 63+ miles and 6000 feet of climbing later. All in day’s work.
It’s a little nasty outside. Overcast and cold with a chance of rain (it’s actually raining now in Fairfax), but it should still be an amazing ride.

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