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Old 09-11-2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Yosemite via Sonora Pass and June Lake

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This past weekend a friend and I rode from the Napa Valley area to Yosemite, via the Sonora Pass, June Lake then Tioga Pass. The weekend after Labor Day is usually less busy, so we decided to meet in Suisun City for breakfast early to beat the heat across the Delta. Bab's delivered an excellent breakfast that fueled us up for a few hours.

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After breakfast we headed to the bikes.
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We headed across CA Hwy 12, which was hot and fairly boring so we didn't stop until we got to the Sonora Pass to take pictures.
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The Sonora Pass is California's highest elevation pass across the Sierras and is absolutely stunning.

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More in a few.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:08 PM   #2
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Sonora Pass, continued

Along the Sonora Pass, we passed a guy on the opposite side of the road heading west off his KLR. We stopped, and apparently it was a rental bike and was out of gas. We turned round and headed back 18 miles to a gas station and got him 1/2 a liter in a non-approved contained. We motored back and poured it in the tank, and helped him get it started.

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I love my Tiger 800 on roads like this.

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Big smiles when we got to 395. Sonora Pass is an amazing motorcycle road, and is highly recommended.

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Old 09-11-2014, 03:21 PM   #3
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June Lake

We rode down 395 past Mono Lake and Lee Vining to the June Lake Loop. There was a very nice 1930's Indian on a trailer in front of a hotel, so we stopped there.

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We checked in and talked to the owner, who's dad was there also and had a 1912 bike in the back of his truck. They come every year and ride in Minton, NV.

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We like a beer after riding, and were very happy when our host told us that a new microbrewery had opened behind the hotel. It was exactly what we needed.

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There was a memorial for a local ski employee who had recently passed away that day up on June Mountain, and many of the people had come to June Lake Brewing afterwards. It was very upbeat, and there was many, many kids and dogs running around. An absolutely fantastic environment that we enjoyed very much. We met the local sheriff, which was interesting. We also met quite a few other people that were genuinely nice and interested in our trip. June Lake Brewing and the entire town are gems in the Sierras.

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The sun started to go down and the Pale Ale was drinking very nicely. The bikes were parked and our hotel was next door. Many were outside watching these little kids bomb down a hills on bikes and scooters.

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This little guy was cool.

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We headed to dinner at the Tiger Bar and got a great nights sleep.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:01 PM   #4
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Lee Vining to Yosemite

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The next morning we had breakfast at Nicely's in Lee Vining, then headed up the Tioga Pass.

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Really don't like the tail bag, so I am replacing it with Givi Trekkers.

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Heading up the pass.

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Half Dome

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We pulled into the Ahwahnee Hotel and parked next to a BMW right in front.

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You can see the smoke right above the bike that later blew out of control and forced a few hundred people to be evacuated via helicopter off of Half Dome.

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With that we headed to Copperopolis for some BBQ and then back to Napa.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:42 PM   #5
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:12 AM   #6
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Excellent ride report, having ridden many miles in the Sierra's it is always fun to view others trips. You missed an excellent breakfast in Lee Vining at the Whoa Nellie Cafe, great food and hard to beat anywhere. Well it used to be anyhow. Keep the RR coming!!
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:35 AM   #7
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:57 AM   #8
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Thank you GlitchOZ, BruceWA and Bluestar. I will definitely look for Whoa Nellies, as I am going to ride Ebbets Pass next week then back on Sonora Pass. I love that area this time of year. The roads are much less crowded and fall colors are starting to take shape. More to come....
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:01 PM   #9
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BTW, DesertDave's ride reports and pictures are the absolute cream of the crop in my opinion. His ability to capture the area is spot-on, and I hope to ride with him one of these days. Check out his recent report here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=801678

Good stuff, thanks Dave!
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:37 PM   #11
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Excellent ride report, having ridden many miles in the Sierra's it is always fun to view others trips. You missed an excellent breakfast in Lee Vining at the Whoa Nellie Cafe, great food and hard to beat anywhere. Well it used to be anyhow. Keep the RR coming!!
I ate at the Whoa Nellie Café last summer. Amazing breakfast

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Old 09-13-2014, 07:38 AM   #12
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BirdRock- Thanks for the great pics. My old stomping grounds. Glad to see the Ahwahnee Lodge is exactly the same as the last time I saw it some 40 years ago. Looking forward to more of your rides through that great part of the world.
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:23 AM   #13
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..... great roads, awesome pics!
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Old 09-13-2014, 04:44 PM   #14
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One of my favorite rides. Makes me want to hop on my bike and go there right now. Great stuff!
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Agreed!! This is the shot of the series!!
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