After visiting Aquatic Park and Fisherman's (make it so Mr.) Wharf I decided to wander down to the Golden Gate Bridge and walk over it. I made this decision before considering the following things:
- How far it was
- The weather
It turns out these were pertinent considerations. Given that it was about and hour's walk in the rain. However I did get to see the bridge on the way from a few good locations. And it is impressive, even in the crappy weather.
When I got on the bridge I realised that the weather had become even more 'king pertinent. I pretty quickly realised after a large spray of water up the bum that I was walking across the Golden Gate Bridge in the middle of a class 4 storm. This is not a good idea for several reasons:
- The rain
- The wind
- Even more wind
- Lots and lots of bloody wind really near a quite small barrier and a 'king big drop. (The suicide prevention signs they have on the bridge point out that a drop from the bridge is going to definitely kill you. Why would you point this out to a potential jumper? Won't that encourage them?)
Still the weather did make it kind of exhilarating. The fear of death does that you know.
I did meet a couple of fellow English people on the bridge. Our conversation was typically English, i.e. it only involved lying about the weather:
Me: "Lovely day"
Him: "I think it's clearing up"
It really started raining in the middle of the bridge which kinda scuppered the great views and great photos I was hoping for:
But I eventually made it to the otherside.
I was hoping for a bar. One of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. You'd think there would be a pub or a restaurant or something at both sides of the bridge. But nooooo... Not a sodding thing. So I got a bus back and hit a rather nice bar called Perry's in the city centre where I watched the American Football, drank several pints of Sam Adam's lager, (which isn't a lager by the way) ate some quality chicken wings and chatted to the barman and another nice chap who appeared to be a gay version of Will Ferrell.