First Ride to Sausalito

If you want to get something done, gotta do it yourself.  Lucy’s first ride was a failed attempt to get to Sausalito.  Late start and good day hanging out with friends, but not a great ride.  Woke up early after a night of drinking and thought the best way to start off Saturday was a ride to Sausalito.

Beautiful day.  First sign of trouble was outside the Exploratorium ~5mi mark.  I tried to pass two girls and my right calf  just seized up.   All sorts of nasty, so I kept going and tried to stretch it out.   Eventually eased up a little and ran into a bit of traffic outside Ghirardelli Square.  Special Olympics run of some sort.

By the time I made it to Crissy Field and stopped to take a picture of the bridge, both legs were starting to twitch and ache.  Probably from dehydration.  And I hadn’t even started the climbs yet.

But on the climb, I started to figure out what was wrong – my right pedal was crooked.  I stopped on the far side to take a picture.

Definitely coming out.  But none of my tools could do anything about it, so I just left it alone.

Down to the water and back up over the hill to Sausalito, I missed the Ferry terminal and went little bit too far.  When I stopped to pull my phone out to see where the terminal was, my back started to twitch.   Turning around and riding back to the ferry was awful.  Right calf was screaming and left back was entirely stitched up.   Stubbornly rode through it until I got to the terminal.

Success, made it to the terminal in Sausalito and took the ferry back to Pier 39.

Unfortunately, my neglect of Lucy turned out to be a really bad decision.  Pedal continued to work it’s way out and then it stripped the crank.  Had to walk it to the Bike Kitchen.  Fortunately, $5 got me a matching set of replacement cranks.   And since I replaced both of them, I was able to determine that my old cranks were not a set – one was 170 the other was 175.   Might explain why things were so unbalanced.   Lucy is just a little bit better now.