Yesterday when I got home, I changed into biking togs, and Jennifer and I biked out to the new span of the Oakland Bay Bridge.
Once we got to the gate we felt pretty good, but there was a growing wind as approached the bridge proper. At the end of the land trail there is a steep incline that is reminiscent of the climb at Golden Gate Fields. And then, you're on the bridge, and it is a constant 2% grade. Even when you get to the suspension section, it doesn't really slope down. We got to the end of the bike lane which is where the trail would almost intersect the old span. According to signs and such, we will have to wait for the old span to be removed for the lane to be connected to Yerba Buena Island. That isn't scheduled to happen until 2015, so we've got some time to wait.
It was a good time to rest and take some pictures.
Then we went downhill home. That was an awesome payoff and we laughed, yahooed, and chortled the whole way to back to IKEA.
Of course, I forgot to run my tracker app, so I'll have to do it again, but after almost half an hour of riding to the end of the lane on the bridge, we seemed to get back to IKEA in 5 minutes.