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Old 09-23-2003, 06:14 PM   #1
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I am in Palm Desert visiting the parents. Rode over Tioga Pass and down 395. Went through La Grange and Coulterville. Southern 395 is pretty dry and hot. Did it late at night and early the next morning. Didn't take too many pictures yet, but got a bigger memory card today and will take more on the way home.

Here is a pic at the east gate of Tioga. It was a beautiful day. Chatted with a few other riders. Really a nice ride. Isn't that far from the Bay Area. Had dinner in Lee Vining next to Mono Lake.

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Old 09-23-2003, 06:22 PM   #2
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Top of Tioga

Here is a pic from the top of Tioga. I think is a mandatory picture stopping place. There was a small fire. Smelled like burning pine tar. I am using the Moms' computer. Didn't want to carry the LT on the RC all this way.

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Old 09-23-2003, 06:24 PM   #3
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Granite Faces

Yes stunning views everywhere. You have to go before the snow falls if you haven't already.

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Old 09-23-2003, 11:57 PM   #4
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Old 09-24-2003, 06:39 AM   #5
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What day did you head over Tioga? I was just up there this weekend, took 4-99-120-49-140 into Yosemite where I stayed Friday night. Saturday I did 120-395-108-49-4 and stayed at Lake Alpine for the night, next night finished up 4-89?-395 to reno.

The little fires were interesting, RIGHT next to the road when I rode through there, smelled like camp fire! If you've got time on the way home I recommend 108 for the return, it's an amazing ride! Looking forward to more pics!


P.S. I did a lot of fishing when I wasn't riding...should have done more riding 'cause I didn't catch a damn thing! Sure was beautiful up there though!
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Old 09-24-2003, 02:21 PM   #6
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wasnt it a pain riding that thing?
Nah, I like the way bent over riding position and the extra firm seat and the vibration through the fixed metal foot pegs and clipons for ten hours not to mention the added heat of the motor on my legs adding to the warmth of the Mojave Desert on a 100+ day. Nothing else like it.

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What day did you head over Tioga? ...
I rode over on Saturday. Left home around noon time and took 132 through Modesto (a place to be avoided if ever there was), and then out through La Grange (they have a bar and grill that is motorcycle friendly) and to Coulterville (worth a visit to this old gold rush town) and over 120.

The lakes sure did look nice, but cold. I stopped once and boated on Alpine lake at the top of 4 on a previous trip.

I am coming back on Friday and might do a loop over more than one pass just for good measure. Might stop in Markleeville and go over 4 and maybe 108. I have done them all several times before but enjoy them again just as much each time.

Will take more photos.
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Cools pics! Mind if I archive them?
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Old 09-25-2003, 11:24 AM   #9
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Cools pics! Mind if I archive them?
Sure, have at it. I will be posting more on Sunday after I get home.
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Big Rock

I almost forgot the picture of this granite rock. Looks like you can walk right up it.

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Highway 120 is such a great ride!

I think we were parked in the same place.

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Old 09-28-2003, 10:44 PM   #12
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Well I am back home. Survived Palm Desert, just barely. It was way over 100 the whole time I was there. Missed out on my Idlewyld and Big Bear runs but did make Angeles Crest on the way home. Here we are on the freeway leaving Palm Desert, looking towards Mt. San Gorgonio and Big Bear and trying to get out of there before being roasted.

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Old 09-28-2003, 10:46 PM   #13
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Went up Lone Pine Canyon to Wrightwood.

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Start of Angeles Crest Highway.

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Stopped to check out the view on Angeles Crest Highway.

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