Annie showed our group places I never knew existed in Oakland-- both natural, art-wise, and food-wise. She is so enthusiastic, that I couldn't help but have a ton of fun! I will definitely be returning to those places on my own. As a local I had a great day out! I'd recommend this tour for both locals and folks from out of town. I learned a lot while enjoying some fresh air. And, the biking wasn't difficult, which I had been a little worried about given all the hills in the bay area. There was nothing strenuous, and we went over 10 miles!
Biking with Annie was so much fun! We went past the ducks and saw a few hipsters as well. The stretch along the San Leandro Bay was gorgeous and flat - I've never biked such an easy 15 miles. We stopped at an estuary where the park ranger told us about conservation efforts and the various bird species that live there. The highlight of the trip was getting to go into a gorgeous art studio / living space and sharing stories with the artists who live in an art collective in the area. They even made us homemade sandwiches and soup and were more than happy to answer our questions about the collective!
What fun!! Amazing ride and a privileged peek into some spots I can assure you I never would have found or explored on my own. Annie's a great guide and had homemade pecan pie for us at the shoreline park. You don't get that everyday. Nice mix of art and outdoors. Definitely recommend!