Day 36 & 37: Bike Kitchen & Day of Rest

Day 36 (2016-10-01): San Francisco
Well, despite being exhausted I stayed up rather late last night publishing 6 days worth of blogs and piddling around on the internet. I meant to wake up early this morning but when I finally regained consciousness it was after 9. Oops. Oh well, I needed the sleep. Breakfast is overnight oats using the leftover coconut cream from last night – rather rich, but very yummy. Plus some yogurt with peach. Yum!
By now I am well versed in the route down to the Mission and surrounding areas, so since I woke up too late to go to Berkeley I decided to head the SF REI again. Sarah had told me there was a garage sale so I figured I’d try to get lucky. I did not end up getting anything at the sale but settled on the Half-Dome 2 tent and picked up a small first aid kit and sunscreen. I could use some eye drops and I need to mail a few things, but otherwise I am ready to hit the road.
Since I slept too late for Berkeley I cruised over to Bike Kitchen, a 501-c3 non-profit that works like a co-op. It’s volunteer run with stand time, classes, TWF sessions (trans, women, femme), used parts, and more. I did not have time to get the whole low down on how they work and their history but they’ve been around for at least a decade and they were busy! I counted 22 people when I was leaving. I did general maintenance and cleaned up my bike, plus a bolt check. I also noticed my rear hub was loose again and so took it apart, replaced the pitted cone, and inspected the bearings. I found one to be pretty scraped up so replaced it and reassembled the bug with fresh grease. So smooth!
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The Bike Kitchen go so full that they had to setup up extra stads outside. I definitely recommend this place for people on tour. There is also Waterside Workshop in Berkeley, but is is a hell of a lot harder to get to if you’re in SF.

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I returned to Hilari’s place, ate some lunch/dinner, and chatted with her a bit before leaving again to check out HBS, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival I Golden Gate Park. I texted Eileen from 4K (she lives in Petaluma) and the Canadians, hoping to meet up. I figured it would be busy given that it was a free concert but this place was packed! It was hard to even walk in some places because the walkway was so jam-packed with people. Eventually I made my way to a stage but after standing around for 20 minutes waiting for the set to start I gave up. I had the wrong impression – this is the kind of place you pack a giant cooler, a big picnic blanket, and camp out all day. I left and unfortunately never met up with Eileen. The Canadians also passed. I’m sure if I had different expectations I would not have gone by myself – it wasn’t the type of thing you do alone.
Oh well, coming home early has advantages – I am all packed up and sorted my things to leave tomorrow or Monday and spent more time catching up on journals and blogging. I am almost caught up!
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Craving satisfied.


Day 37 (2016-10-02): San Francisco

And on the 7th Day, I rest.
I woke up around 9 this morning and by the time I am writing this at 17:00 the most I have accomplished is Skyping my mom and about an hour of journaling to finally catch up. Most of my day I spent lying around on the couch and snacking. I couldn’t stream House of Cards on Amazon Prime so I decided to check out The Wire instead. I’m starting to do laundry now though, so that’s productive. Did I mention I did not leave the house once? Thank you Sundays!
I watched 5 or 6 episodes of The Wire today and never left the house. Guilty.
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