Despite the threat of smoke from the Dixie Fire yesterday’s Jersey Ride got off without a hitch. Eight Spokers enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in Marin. The ride was uneventful except for Laura getting a flat on Camino Alto. But she caught up with the group on Paradise–or rather, the group caught up with her after she took a shortcut! Nancy returned from her three-month stint with FEMA seeing to the needs of Central American children who had been stopped by the border police. Welcome back, Nancy! Interestingly both Maurizio and Chris decided to forego the moshpit on the Golden Gate Bridge and returned to SF by ferry instead. Is this the beginning of a Jersey Ride thing? We shall see. Now if only the Blue & Gold served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the way back, that would be a fitting end of a Jersey Ride!
By the way the Blue & Gold Fleet has filed a request with the state PUC to stop ferry service between SF and Tiburon. If it is accepted as is, there would be no direct ferry service between the two. (The Angel Island Ferry Service would continue between Tiburon and Angel Island.) Barring a new ferry service taking over the route, this would be the end of the line literally and figuratively. Service would continue between Sausalito and SF requiring a short ride from Tiburon to Sausalito and still allowing you to bypass the GGB crossing. However this route is much busier and highly impacted by the rental bikes returning to SF after crossing the bridge. The other option is to cycle to the Larkspur ferry terminal in order to return to SF.