The continuation of my exploration of the bay area led me to Oakland, a 60 mile ride from Vacaville. I was headed to visit a friend, Dalton but, stopped for a night in Oakland to stay with Mari and Nikko from Warm Showers. I got to their place just after dark as I finished a half-loop around Lake Merritt in the middle of the city. Mari made an incredible pot full of rice and veggies, then we had a spliff for dessert.
In the morning, we made pancakes with an excessive amount of toppings: apples, bananas, plum jam, chia seeds, granola, pomegranate and real maple syrup. And a spliff for dessert. I had planned on riding the 30 miles to Fremont where Dalton lives but, he took his bike on the train and met me in the city. I rode uptown to get donuts and back to the lake in the time it took him to get there. We rode around the city into the night, got some dinner, got some coffee and then took the train back.
I had to carry my loaded bike up and down too many stairs on the subway but, we eventually made it back to Dalton’s place. Him and 2 other doods live in a warehouse that Dalton dressed up to make liveable. He put up some walls and made a loft and hung a bunch of art and it makes for a beautiful space to live. On Saturday we got into some psychedelics and took the train back into the city. We circled the lake, following the strings of lights that added a warm glow to the sidewalk and a geometric pattern to the fluid water that would ripple and distort any time the wind blew or a duck went swimming past.
We made a massive loop around Oakland, passing by political protests and the swarms of police that would attempt to control the crowd later, ended up at a bar where some other friends met and shared the sacred hours that make up Saturday night.