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Old 03-22-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Driving in San Francisco

Note to self: DO NOT drive through down town San Francisco again.
While driving up 101, I wanted to show my DW SF and the Golden Gate Bridge as she had not been there. Well between Sat. afternoon drivers who will not let me change lanes and relieing way to much on my GPS, lets just say I drove hills my Jeep Wrangler toad would have choked on and made coners that had cars scattering , left homeless people wide eyed , and with all that and I hit no parked car mirrors, telephone poles, or scraped bottom . Some idiots are just lucky I guess.

We did make it to the bridge and had a nice rainy and windy trip up 101 to Olympia WA.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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Glad it all turned out OK but I'm sure that was pretty nerve wracking. As you said..."don't ever do that again"! At least your GPS didn't take you down Lombard Street.

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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Now THAT'S what I call taking the 'Scenic Route'! Not being bored has to score high on the 'value added' tote board.
YOU sir, are my hero!

Top Ten Reasons to Drive Though the Streets of San Francisco in a Recreational Vehicle:

#10. Not much to see on the interstates
# 9. Great fishing off the Golden Gate Bridge
# 8. Had an uncontrollable urge for a bread bowl of clam chowder
# 7. Prerequisite driving prior to negotiating Wal-Mart parking lots
# 6. The flowers are blooming on Lombard Street
# 5. Looking for Carl Malden
# 4. Get a picture of the Rig & Toad on Pier 39 to prove visit
# 3. Pick up some 'take out' in China Town
# 2. Big Rig intimidation of the city bike messengers
# 1. Cable Car/Big Rig racing

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:23 PM   #4
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I feel you, really I do. We had only had our motorhome, a 33' for a few months when we decided, Hey let's take the motorhome to the Kraft Hunger Bowl game and tailgate. It was one of the BCS bowls and our son was playing in it. WOW! what an interesting experience driving in SF. I do have to compliment someone that was polite enough to let me change lanes, when I realized I was in the wrong one. This was downtown. Wouldn't have much mattered anyhow, because I wasn't going to move until I could get in the lane I needed. I don't know that we'll be doing that trip again anytime soon.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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I didn't like it in a Subaru. I guess I've lost my sense of advednture in my old age
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I learn what not to do every day. Thank you!
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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Actually you CAN drive in S.F. Just avoid Downtown, Mission, Chinatown, Castro. That leaves Sunset, Richmond, Marina: flat and foggy.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #9
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Going through Seattle in evening rush was good enough for me. I'm sure that is pretty tame compared to what you did. My hat is off to you, you made it through without a mishap.
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I drove a utility company bucket truck in San Francisco for a few years but I wouldn't consider driving my MH on any of the San Francisco surface streets.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:25 PM   #11
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I had no problem driving in my 30ft class c from my wife's relatives place in Salinas to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. But did not enjoy driving on the interstate at Salt Lake City during a torrential thunder storm :(
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We've taken our RV's through S.F. several times on 101 over the past 25 years.

You have to study the map before hand so you know where you are going to be turning way in advance so you can get in the proper lane.

With my coach I turn on the turn signal and wait for someone to let me in and if they don't I just start edging over. That's how the buses there do it and people give in when it starts getting tight for them.

I find it kinda fun actually.
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Man, I live near SF and if I did that I would need a Dr. (of the medical variety), to gently remove the seat. I don't even like driving my motorcycle in that traffic.

I really don't know how bus drivers do it.

Glad the rest of your trip went good.
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We drove the RV across the bridge, (easy) but got off on 19th Ave and when down to I-280. I would not like to drive down Lombard to Van Ness Ave. Just too busy. I would suggest that if you have a toad, park the RV and see the sights. If you don't, call Enterprise or some other rental company to drive around the city. I would expect it's not much different in any other large city though.
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