Best Summer Bike Ride - 2006
San Francisco-Pescadero-San Francisco
Now that the days are long enough to be out bike riding at 8 p.m., take off work early say, at 3 and ride down Skyline Boulevard, over the hill to Half Moon Bay, and south on Highway 1 to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, just past Pescadero. There's a youth hostel there (650-879-0633, www.norcalhostels.org/pigeon), and if you've brought a satchel and made reservations, you can change, eat, chat with German tourists until you're sleepy, then bed down for the night. Bring ear plugs: The Germans snore. Awake bright and early give yourself around four hours to get back to work and watch the shadows lift from the beautiful coastal hills as the sun rises over San Francisco. It's not a vacation, exactly, but a damned good facsimile.