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Skyline to Alameda

Posted by Ted on Feb 18, 2010 in Biking

I took advantage of the beautiful 68° day that we had on Tuesday to go on an afternoon bike ride.  Have I mentioned that I can now say that I love February?  Raised in Cleveland and then moving to Boston, it’s never been a particularly enjoyable month.  Here in the Bay Area, the magnolias and cherry blossoms are in bloom.

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Tuesday’s destination was the Harbor Bay club where we pay more money than we would like to for what is a pretty awesome gym. Situated on the edge of Bay Farm Island, the swimming pool overlooks the bay, they have a lot of equipment, and great classes. However, the best part about the gym are the hot tubs, steam rooms, and showers. These are a great motivator. When we go to the gym normally, it’s our reward for working out. We make it a rule to not “just go use the spa” without doing some sort of exercise.

Since I’ve been applying that logic to bike riding, it has turned out to be a great destination. The ride home is easy and short enough that I can bike home after a long relaxing celebration of water. Adding this stop onto my Bay Farm Island ride is trivial. However, it’s in the opposite direction of Tunnel/Skyline, so I had to modify the route to combine the two.

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Yume

Posted by Ted on Aug 14, 2009 in Food & Drinks

On Park Street in Alameda, between a nail salon and a gift shop is an unassuming open door. Stairs lead up to a small landing with 6 chairs and a tasteful Ikebana, an arrangement of fresh-cut flowers below a painting, meant to calm and focus the mind. Despite the fact that their stated hours are open until 9:30p, they turned their sign around to closed right after we showed up at about 7p. We waited patiently outside for an hour and a half as the three couples ahead of us slowly replaced those leaving. Yume doesn’t take reservations, and they don’t seat parties of more than 2 people, with good reason.

Dining here is an intimate experience. A sushi bar with just 8 seats, there could be no room for larger parties. Sushi master Hideki Aomizu stands behind the bar. and with exquisite skill, takes diners on a tailored gastronomic ride. He smiles as he says “I have just the thing for you”. His wife, Yoriko, makes sure that people have tea and sake, and takes any orders bound for the kitchen. The quality of the fish is excellent, and the cuts are generous. Real crabmeat and fresh-ground wasabi are but two of the touches that make this restaurant a place where one can easily become a regular. Just be sure to get there early.

Yume Sushi
1428 Park Ave. Alameda, CA 94501
Hours Wed – Sat 5PM – 9:30PM
Closed Sun & Mon & Tue

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Bay Farm Island

Posted by Ted on Jun 14, 2009 in Biking

Yesterday’s ride turned out to be exactly what I’ve been looking for; an easy 20 mile ride that leaves from my house, has no hills, and most of the ride has very little car traffic;

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It may not look like much, but it circumnavigates San Leandro Bay using mostly bike/pedestrian paths, and goes through bird sanctuaries. It goes past the airport, and along San Francisco Bay, and on a good day such as yesterday, one can see the all of the towers in the city.

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Bumps, Humps, and Lumps

Posted by Ted on Mar 2, 2009 in Biking

During a break in the rain this afternoon, I headed away from the hills.

17.65 km in 71 mins, at 14.8 kph

My route took me out to where I could see San Francisco across a hazy gray Bay. I passed a set of apartment buildings that we looked at in Alameda back in October – nothing on Shoreline Drive has any soul, but they have a great view. As the sun was setting and impending storm clouds gathered, I headed back. Unfortunately, I hit a pothole and blew out my front tire. I rode very carefully to the Golden Hours liquor store, and waited for the 53 bus to take me up Fruitvale Avenue.

One thing I learned on this ride is that every town has a different name for those traffic slowing devices in the road.

Oakland has bumps, Berkeley has humps, and Alameda has lumps.

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