First we cut through Alameda over to the Bay, glimpsing it at the far end of streets as we pass through the city.
Glimpses of the Bay
Soon we reach the Bay, see San Francisco on the other side, pass the ferry terminal for the San Francisco morning/evening ferry, and start down this section of the Bay Trail, which should ultimately circle the entire Bay, about 500 miles (805 km), passing through all nine Bay Area counties, transiting 47 cities, and crossing seven toll bridges.
Heading south along the Bay, San Francisco in the distance
The trail leads through the middle of the Oakland Airport and we take a short side trip past the terminals, where not much is happening these days.
Along the train tracks, leaving the airport area
Continuing along the Bay
Leaving the airport behind us
With odd-looking animals sharing the path
We proceed through the shoreline to the southern end near the San Leandro Marina (and FedEx warehouse), turn around, and go back, watching the occasional landing aircraft pass over on final approach.
Through the park to the end of the trail
Back along the Bay, reapproaching the airport
We've already done our tour of the airport terminals, so we continue on the trail through the middle, over into Alameda, and back along the Bay.
Back in Alameda
Weaving through the city streets, we make our way over the the Bay Farm lagoon, across the bridge, and back home. The lagoon system is connected to the Bay and fills from the Bay at high tide and empties into the Bay at low tide, an ingenious system to keep water fresh and flowing through the system.
Along the lagoon and over the bridge
Views up and down the lagoon
This bicycle ride is about 22 miles (35km), taking 1.5 hours or so. The winds along the Bay are often gusty (often 20-25 knots, 35-45 km/hour), making for a challenging and rewarding ride (especially into the wind) in addition to the beautiful scenery along the way.