I took my first ride to the middle of San Francisco Bay today. We rode bikes across the water to the giant rock called Yerba Buena Island, which most people recognize as a tunnel they pass through en route to or from San Francisco when commuting between the East Bay. The island is mostly known by commuters for connecting the two Bay Bridge segments (it links San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville), but venturing off the highway gives way to spectacular views from the bay and San Francisco’s waterfront.
Attached to the rock is a former military outpost and planned airport, the man-made Treasure Island. Usually its small wineries and scattered shops are a quiet retreat from city life (and the islands are part of the city of San Francisco), but between massive amounts of road and building construction around the island, and people looking to escape their homes, roads were bumpy and busy. Still, the views were incredible.