Since traffic isn’t really an issue anymore I’m going to stop talking about it. Your welcome.
Plan for today was to ride the Bayshore Bikeway. This is a 24-mile loop that runs from downtown at the Broadway Pier to Coronado. Completing the loop requires a ferry ride. My original intent was to take the ferry ride to Coronado first then ride south on the ocean side of the bay which would have been counter clockwise. Fortunately, I wasn’t able to find parking near the Broadway Pier where the ferry departed from and ended up in the Hilton parking garage which is at the very southern end of downtown. The reason I say “fortunately” is because due to this change in parking location I decided to ride the route in a clockwise manner. As I started into the route, I realized this was probably a much better way to do it. Immediately on the backside of the Hilton garage the area becomes very industrial (General Dynamics, container docks, a Navy base, etc.). This goes on, for the most part, for about 10 miles before you turn right and cross a causeway to the peninsula. This stretch is mostly a bike lane on the road w/ occasional segregated bike paths. There are also a lot of turns but it is well marked w/ signs. Generally speaking, when on the roads the traffic was relatively light. I didn’t feel unsafe at any point. Once you hit the causeway, there is a separate bike path all the way to Coronado. So, by riding this direction I was able to get the less scenic, more difficult navigation out of the way first. I also spent some time in Coronado which I probably would not have done if I’d ridden counter clockwise. The ride on the ocean side, or Silver Strand, is a very pleasant ride between the ocean and the bay although the ocean is most obscured by sand dunes until you get into Coronado. Spent an hour or so checking out the Hotel del Coronado, riding around the property and a stroll through the grounds and public areas of the building. Then took Orange Avenue out to the Ferry Landing. There are some shops and restaurants in this area and I had lunch at Lil’ Piggy’s BBQ around 2:30. The Broadway Pier ferry only ran every hour on the half hour so I had to wait about 40 minutes for the 3:30 ferry. It’s only about a 20-minute ride across and up the bay. Began working my way down the waterfront. Got off my bike to stroll around the Seaport Village shops for a short while. When I got to the convention center I crossed Harbor Boulevard to ride up 5th Avenue through the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, an entertainment district. Turned right on G Street, then turned right again on 8th Avenue and swung by Petco Park where the Padres play. They have this area beyond center field where you can get up close to the stadium on non-game days. There’s a small park there w/ a playground. It’s similar to Baltimore where Eutaw Street runs right through the ballpark and is opened as a pedestrian area on non-game days. The Hilton garage is actually right across Harbor Boulevard from Petco Field but it took some maneuvering to get back due to the layout of the streets and train tracks being in the way. Headed out around 6.
Steps 17528/557443 Bike 25.5/104.6