Friday, April 16, 2010

NOPA VELO's Ride with the Presidents, April 25

Image: Rick Helf,

Teddy R returns to NOPA, and you won't want to miss it. On May 13, 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt first visited the neighborhood for a stop at the east end of Panhandle Park. There the country's youngest president tossed some sod at the site of the future monument to his slain predecessor, William McKinley. Teddy recalled the grief he and the American people felt when McKinley died of bullet wounds fired by an anarchist at the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York in September of 1901.
"It is not too much to say that no man since Lincoln was as widely and universally beloved in this country as was President McKinley."

That's quite a tribute for the nation's leader who helped
launch the country into full-blown imperialism with the Spanish-
American War of 1898 and the Philippine Insurrection that followed.

For its fourth monthly ride, NOPA VELO spinners will first
fuel-up with breakfast at Mojo Bicycle Cafe and then kick-off for
a tour of presidential memorials in Golden Gate Park and the
Presidio before crossing Golden Gate Bridge. Here's your chance
if you've yet to cross on your bike. Riders will take in the views from
the Marin side and then leisurely bike back for a lunch stop at
Herbivore Restaurant on Divisadero.

Join us for a nod to seven Presidents and a great ride.
Neighbors and friends of all skill levels are welcome. Kids too
on their own bikes if with a guardian. Mild to moderate climbs
in the Presidio. Presidential attire encouraged.

9:00 am Breakfast or coffee at Mojo Bicycle Cafe
639 Divisadero, between Hayes & Grove
10:00 am Ride begins
Noon Lunch at Herbivore Restaurant
531 Divisadero, between Hayes & Fell

For more information: Lenore @ 415-300-6744;
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Heavy rain cancels.

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