We began the day with a wonderful send off ceremony with support from all over the Bay Area. We were joined by numerous scouts, Troop 12's talented Drum and Bugle Corps, and even a photographer from Boys Life Magizine. After numerous pictures, the national anthem, and a ceremonious dipping of the tires in the Pacific Ocean, we set off on our first day's ride.
Despite the mechanical issues, we were blessed with beautiful weather and breathtaking views. I also got very lucky in that there was a bike shop about 12 miles into our route who replaced my cable and allowed me to go on.
We then climbed up to the Golden Gate Bridge where we fought through the Saturday bike traffic. Upon entering the city we made a stop at Mexican restaurant, then continued down to the coast and followed it to Burlingame. We then desended to the bay and followed a waterside bike path to Foster City, passing a huge group of windsurfers on the way.