A few months ago I hosted the first RIDE & WANDER night ride. Night rides are nothing new, and seem to be popping up in cities all over the country. It’s a nice way to break up the work week and enjoy some of the best roads without the congestion of cars and tourists that you might find on a weekend. This past Tuesday was our fourth ride and it was definitely one to remember.
Our meeting spot is the main lookout point at Twin Peaks in San Francisco. It’s a good central location for everyone, with stunning views of the city in all directions. When I arrived on Tuesday evening, it was very windy and the fog was rolling right over the top of Twin Peaks. I’d really only advertised this ride through Instagram (@rideandwander) and I’m always surprised when new faces show up. It’s great to meet fellow ADV enthusiasts who live in the Bay Area.
My friend David leads our rides and always takes us on a fun and scenic cruise in whichever direction we go. Most of the bikes that show up are adventure bikes, though we still have a good time – even if we’re not riding in the dirt. This ride took us across the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Highway 1 in the direction of Mt. Tam. We turned onto Panoramic Highway; it was wide open as far as you could see. If you visit on a weekend, you’re likely to get stuck behind a tourist driving well below the speed limit on the steep, one-lane road.
The eight of us managed to time it just right. We climbed in elevation and broke through the clouds just as the sun was setting below the hilltops. There was a nice spot to stop and rest. We continued riding along the ridge, finally making our way back down. Then with a few quick waves to each other, we each split off and headed in our own directions home.
If you’re interested in joining us on a night ride, follow our Instagram account (@rideandwander
). We usually advertise the ride a few days before and always meet at 7pm
at the same spot at Twin Peaks. All bikes and skill levels are welcome. Hope to see you there sometime.
Words & Photos by Nick Johnson