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Old 10-23-2006, 08:19 PM   #1
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bad ass. what were your start/ finish points? how many miles? I would love to take that ride. all through tahoe national forest?
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Found it, looks like great minds think alike when it comes to good photo spots.

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Old 10-24-2006, 05:52 AM   #8
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sorry, my computer wigged out on me while i was posting last night. a good night's sleep and six reboots later...

"bad ass. what were your start/ finish points? how many miles? I would love to take that ride. all through tahoe national forest?"

let's see, started out in lovely fremont, up 84 to the 580/205/5 thing, then east on 120 to 49. north on 49 to 88 where my stupid ass drained my battery all the way down to nada. big thanks to the hump-backed old coger cager with the jump box who got me on my way again. up 88 east to 89 to tahoe for a wonderful evening at the picturesque and quaint CheapAss Inn. then back down 89 over monitor pass to 395 all the way down to 120 through yosemite and back across most of the state to the 580/205/5 thing. then back home on 84. not sure how many miles that is total, but sunday was a bit long. maybe i'm just a wuss, but i left at about 10AM, didn't stop for anything other than pictures (not even food), and got home at 7PM. by then i was starving and pretty darn tired. not stopping to eat was probably not a good thing. i ride about as fast as my great grandmother, so most riders could get that done in much less time than me.

the first three shots were from from 88, and the last was taken (along with another barfers v-strom, thanks!) on 120 east of yosemite. now for the rest.

aww, wook at dah pwetty twees!! this is at the west end of monitor.

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Old 10-24-2006, 05:57 AM   #9
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i forgot to explain he drained battery. there are construction delays on 88 right now (15-20 minutes) and at one point, we were inching along and then stopped. i shut the engine off, but it was hot so i left the ignition/cooling on to bring the temp down. then i left the ignition on for the whole delay. brilliant.

along 395, looking southwest.

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i'm pretty sure this was taken on the east side of monitor.

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this is overlooking the great basin and mono lake. along 395 looking south south east.

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last shot. this was taken from the same spot as the last shot of the hawk, but is wider.

oh, one last thing. i've found that, at least for me, the best maps are delorme's atlas and gazetteer. this thing, if the link works: http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELi...6&beginIndex=0

you can find them at any B+N, borders, etc. they're big, so you can only bring them with you if you have some real storage, but for planning a route at home, i think they work great--superb detail.

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Absolutely beautiful... One day eh?

Whoops... just read your CheapAss Inn...

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"any noteworthy road conditions? (construction aside)"

no, not that i recall. well, i guess the cold could be an issue if you happened to be up there early enough in the morning--the roads could still be frosty on the shady side of the mountains. i don't suppose there will be too many more weekends warm enough to ride in the sierras this year. i have to admit, making it back to the central valley's warmth was nice after being pretty chilly all day long. i should probably mention that i'm rather warm-blooded and sport plenty of natural thermal insulation --others might find it to be too cold going over the passes. in my limited experience, it seems that the passes on 89 and 120 (luther, monitor, and tioga) stay warmer than highway 4. they're also wider roads; some of 4 is one lane.

and, yes, it was two days for the other poster; i'm far too old and slow to cover all that in a day.

also, i think i captioned one of the pictures incorrectly. i had it as looking over the great basin and mono lake, but it i'm pretty sure i took it north of there, just below the top of monitor pass on its east side.

i found one other pic worth posting. it's from the last trip over monitor, which was two or three weekends ago. this is near the top looking west.

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