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Old 08-24-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Lombard Street in San Francisco

Anyone been on Lombard Street in San Francisco has a 27% grade,
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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When we took the motorhome south some years ago we left it outside of SF and took BART into town--much easier on the nerves! The cable car will drop you at the top of Lombard and you can walk down.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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It's steep but not all that scary. It's the hairpin turns with the steepness that gets people.

What's more scary in SF is going up some of the steepest streets driving a stick shift and finding a stop sign right at the top before it levels out. Some of those streets are really steep. With only two feet and having to deal with 3 pedals, your timing has to right so you don't roll backwards into the dumby that stopped within inches of you. I never understood why they didn't have the stop sign on the flatter cross streets.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:56 PM   #4
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The only thing scarier than the Lombard Street switchbacks in San Francisco is the Haight-Ashbury neighborhhod. LOL
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Twisty and narrow, driving down her inna small car is a blast.
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Twisty and narrow, driving down her inna small car is a blast.
i take out-of-towners down Lombard every time. but i wouldn't even get close to it if the Play Pac was hooked up - its an easy drive (speed limit is 5mph), but those turns are more like switchbacks on a trail and towing even a small trailer might not have a happy ending!
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:33 AM   #7
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I went down that on a skateboard over 20 years ago and got arrested!
Public mischief charge of some sort they dropped it and released me. That was fun.
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The only thing scarier than the Lombard Street switchbacks in San Francisco is the Haight-Ashbury neighborhhod. LOL


Awwwww, Your no fun! LOL................
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Burlington IA has one like that! If you get close you ought to check it out!
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The only thing scarier than the Lombard Street switchbacks in San Francisco is the Haight-Ashbury neighborhhod. LOL
Actually, there's another one in the Potrero Hill neighborhood; it's called Vermont Street.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:48 AM   #11
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Cool

I drove Lombard Street back in the early 80s - had a USN tech school at Mare Island, and we drove to either San Fran or Sacremento on alternate weekends. Driving it in my '75 Firebird was pretty cool.
We caught Chinese New Year in SF's Chinatown - that was AWESOME! BUT..... it's definitely best to park outside then walk into Chinatown - their streets are actually huge walkways - a reall bummer to try driving with all the people!
Pier 39, Alcatraz Island.... lots to see and do there. Great place to visit.

But you could NOT pay me enough to live in sunny California today.......
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:40 PM   #12
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I love that street. It's a dream (or I suppose to some--a nightmare).
What I can't imagine is the poor folks (and horses) who climbed it before mechanical horsepower took us up and down.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:28 PM   #13
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There's a pretty steep one at the south unit of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado. Not that steep, though. I think "only" around 16%.
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I went down Lombard St in my 48 Plymouth convertible, back in 1958. My ship was in drydock at Mare Island.
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