18 riders rode to the tops of Mt. Hamilton, an unusually hot Mt. Tamalpais, and an oppressively hot Mt. Diablo in one day using Caltrain, Golden Gate Ferry and BART to get between the base of each mountain. Another 9 people rode to the top of Mt. Tamalpais and Mt Diablo which on a day like today is not an easy feat (for some of us, regardless of weather, it's harder than hard). With a hot dog cart and food from Taheri's in Walnut Creek, the riders and family and friends held a Closing Ceremony in the plaza across from the Pleasant Hill BART station. Ron Brown from Save Mount Diablo and Gail Murray, a member of the BART Board of Directors, spoke to the crowd about the value of parks and our transit systems. And medals were awarded to those that braved the heat and accomplished the day's goal.
You can get a sense of the event on the event's website - www.altride.org - from a variety of perspectives. Those pictures do way more than I can in words on this blog.
Everyone is on their way home now. Riders hailed from around the Bay Area: Mill Valley, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Fremont, Berkeley, and more. I'm reminded, again, about how Bay Area this event is. I love the Bay Area!
A great group of partners provided permits, volunteers, gear, food, drinks, encouragement, and more. We want to thank our Lead Partners: East Bay Regional Park District, REI, Save Mount Diablo, and Trust for Public Land. And also thanks to our Partners: Alameda Natural Grocery, California State Parks, Caltrain, Chipotle Mexican Grill, MTC / Clipper, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Santa Clara County Parks, Skratch Labs and TransForm.
We want to thank the John McNeil Studio for their creativity and for their belief in disruption. Lech Naumovich is a photography hero and we can't wait to see his pictures. Our volunteers lugged heavy bags of trailmix, made sure riders had enough water, and took pictures and to all of them we are grateful. And since it's me here at the keyboard and not him, I want to thank Ryan Branciforte for his ideas, for his passion, and for being a really great person to share an office with.
The riders are almost to the top of Mt Tam by now. 21 riders safely made it to the top of Mt Hamilton this morning about 6:30am. They zoomed down to San Jose Caltrain station and devoured breakfast (or is it lunch since they've been up since 4am?). They boarded a 9am train northbound for San Francisco and arrived at 10:36am. From there they rode over to the Ferry Building where another 15 riders were waiting. These 15 will do Tam and Diablo, or at least that's the plan. It's hot!
The next critical time is the 3:50pm ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco. They miss that ferry and it's really hard to finish all three peaks.
There's a whole lot happening over at www.altride.org. Check it out and contribute! Remember, email pictures of you outside and moving today and enter to win a sweet bag from Timbuk2, burritos from Chipotle Mexican Grill and yummy bars from CLIF Bar. All ya gotta do is email pictures to submit [ at ] altride [ dot ] org SO simple!
The day started early for the Alt. riders attempting Mt Hamilton, Mt Tam and Mt Diablo. This is Annie Burke reporting to you live from Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose. I'm en route to San Jose Caltrain station and making a stop for coffee for the riders. I don't drink coffee and so I don't get it, but I guess I'm in the minority. I'll be posting here on this blog as I can throughout the day, but more frequently over at www.altride.org
It's a Spare the Air day in the Bay Area which means it's a perfect day to take Caltrain, Golden Gate Ferry and BART. Which is what we plan to do!
Today is the Alt. Ride: a bike ride party up Mt Hamilton, Mt Tamalpais and Mt Diablo in one day using public transit to get between the three peaks. More information can be found by scrolling down or hopping over to altride.org. The Alt. Ride is coordinated by the Bay Area Open Space Council and Transit and Trails.