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Sonoma to San Francisco

The Last Post - Back at Alexis' House

sunny 22 °C

After a pleasant, late breakfast in the motel's courtyard, we started the final part of our loop drive back to San Francisco, just an hour away

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We arrived back at Alexis' house just after lunch - Alexis had gone on holiday for a week or so but had very kindly offered to let us use the house for our last few days in San Francisco. It took us quite a while to unload 6 weeks of debris from the car. Suddenly the fog lifted so we jumped in the car and drove down to the Maritime Museum near Fisherman's Wharf and had a great couple of hours in glorious sunshine and blue skies (and, of course, very cool winds)

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Back at the house, we collapsed in front of Tour de France, watching other people cross mountain passes

Tuesday morning was extremely foggy but by 11am it had burnt off and we headed into the Golden Gate Park to have a walk around Stow Lake and then visit to Ocean Beach which looked beautiful in the sunshine and blue skies, but was, in fact, very cold from the offshore wind

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The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant was nearby and as neither of us had been there before, we decided to have lunch there. It was a very good lunch and there was a fine view of the ocean through the huge windows. And, they made the best "lemonade" I have ever tasted - with guava and mashed strawberry

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Finally we drove along the coast a little way to Land's End, a rocky, high outcrop with magnificent views across the Golden Gate Straits

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Wednesday was a quietish day. In the morning, Jeni went for walk along Union Street and I caught up with the Tour de France. In the afternoon, it was to the Beach Chalet for more of their addictive lemonade. In the evening, we drove (bad idea, the traffic was terrible) to the Gracias Madre restaurant in the Mission district to meet Lisa Peers, an old friend of Jeni's - they were at NIDA together and had not seen each other for 30 years

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On Thursday morning we returned the Avis car (we'd done 4356 miles) and as always there was an administration issue - despite the fact that we had pre-paid for the car and all insurance etc were included in that price, their system reckoned we owed $192. After at least 30 minutes, they worked out that because the exchange rate had changed, the system had recalculated the price - despite it being pre-paid!

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We then walked down to the Ferry Building and wiled away a couple of hours sitting on the dock of the bay

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From there, we took the number 5 bus back up to Alexis' place, packed our bags and waited for Renee (a friend of Jeni's from Bali) to pick us up for a final cafe visit before driving us to the airport for the 9:45pm flight to Auckland and Gold Coast

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THAT'S IT FOLKS!

Posted by kforge 10:03 Archived in USA

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Enjoy your flight guys. I've followed your trip and wish I'd been able to catch up with you. Steve

by Stephen Adams

Sorry I missed you on your return to SF, but so happy it all worked out for you to stay at the flat! You definetly qualify as "intrepid travelers" with that amount of mileage under your belts! I look forward to hearing about more of your adventures!
Travel safely home,
Love to you both,
Alexis

by Alexis

ah, love the pics and places ~ golden gate and ocean beach kid stomping grounds. fantastic. now how 'bout that SF sourdough clam chowder at the airport!! there is a cold snap here that'll snap those bitty toes off Buuuuurrrrrrrrr. Have a restful flight :) xx

by Danielle Purcell

Well that's it then - months of planning and it seems to have fair 'Whizzed' by.
Enjoyed your blog ,as ever, and look forward to having a chat soon.
Steve

by Steve Gipson

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