le train + le vélo = l'amour

going to the chapel panda
I went to a wedding in Davis a few weekends ago. It was lovely, and just about as lovely as the ceremony was the ease of getting to and from Davis from San Francisco by Amtrak. I biked to the Ferry Terminal to pick up the bus that took me to Emeryville to catch the Capitol Corridor.

I brought my folding bike because I thought it would be practical, but it turns out you can really bring any kind of bike on Amtrak and hang it on these designated bike racks.
latte hanging in Capitol Corridor

I hate wearing heels period, so I changed from my Chucks to my dress-up shoes once I got to Davis.
Reflection in Hayes Valley

My hotel was 2 blocks from the train station. I stayed at the Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis. Again, I thought bringing my own bike to Davis was so practical, but it turns out that the Hallmark has a whole fleet of Globe bikes for their guests to cruise around bike-friendly Davis.
kt poses with Globe Carmel

I fit everything I needed for the weekend getaway in my Basil panniers.
The Latte Does Davis

The Latte likes being a tourist!
The Latte Does Davis

And if you haven't had enough video of KT riding around in SF, here ya go (sans vuvuzela)!


cb said...

i love amtrak & caltrain for the very reason. i think bart should get on board with that! it would make life so much easier for both bike passengers and regular passengers. I have heard that Davis is the best town for bikes in cali...should make a trip out there to check it out :D

Christa said...

Fun! I often took the train in the other direction, from Davis to SF (with bicycle of course). Lovely, stress-free train ride. I miss NorCal!

jores said...

Thanks for posting the picture of the bike rack in the train. I've been considering a train trip, but wondered how bike-friendly (or not) Amtrak might be.

Kristin Tieche said...

Thanks for the comments, y'all!

Yes, it was easy and very bike-friendly.

And Davis does seem like the Copenhagen of California.

I was looking forward to the train ride as much as the wedding itself! Wihoo!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I want to take Amtrak somewhere soon and take my bike. What kind of folding bike is that?

Kristin Tieche said...

It's a KHS Latte single speed. It's cute and very upright so very comfy, but not very fast and kind of heavy! Not the greatest folding bike for a big traveler. I wouldn't bring it on a plane with me, so I'm considering selling it for something lighter and with more gears.

Simply Bike said...

What a great way to travel, love that you did that and looked smashing while at it! S.

Kristin Tieche said...

Merci beaucoup! And I'm gonna do it again and again!

Anonymous said...

I'm very envious seeing all the bikes in Davis :) I have a friend (actually an internet friend, so have not met!) who lives there and says it's the most bike-friendly place ever. I'd always heard that Portland was the best in the US but looks like it might be a close call :)

Kristin Tieche said...

It is a close call. Portland, of course, is a much larger city and Davis is a low-key college town. The "bike cultures" in both towns seem very different to me because of the populations that live there. That said, it seems like the City of Davis adopted the bike as its mascot.

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