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Old 07-26-2013, 05:28 PM   #16
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Sequoia to King's Canyon





I fought the slow traffic on what should be a fantastic motorcycle road, The General's Highway through Sequoia National Park.





I only stopped to admire the trees close to the road.





Find April





King's Canyon!





Because the highway into King's Canyon is a long dead end, I've always found it hard to include in a motorcycle trip,
but this trip, I made time for it. It was awesome!





The riding was sublime!





It was like Yosemite, without the crowds. Stunning scenery!





There is a raging river running below the road...






so I stopped for a quick look.





I rode all the way in to the Cedar Grove area and found a campsite. It was under $20 and half of the place was empty.
Try finding a campsite near Yosemite.

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:36 PM   #17
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Lovin' your pics and RR!



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Old 07-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #18
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King's Canyon

After setting up camp I had a little daylight left...






So I climbed down to the river behind the tent...






to waste time...






watching the water race by.












After dark, the stars filled the sky.





I couldn't see much sky in the deep canyon.






Day 2 was a full day of fantastic riding. 360 miles.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #19
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The road down into Kings Canyon is my old stomping ground... wonderful. (did you ride through Hume Lake Conference grounds - busy but beautiful!) The road flows just like the river in places... great riding.

In August there are some real interesting places to explore near Boyden's Caverns.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:47 PM   #20
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very nice, more please!
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:16 PM   #21
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Dave, Next time don't turn up 178 and Walker Pass. Continue up 14 to 395 and 9 Mile Canyon. Take that up to Kennedy Meadows and follow the road to Sherman Pass Road. It takes you over a 9000 foot pass and dumps you back on the Western Devide Hwy just below the waterfall before Johnsonville. Just make sure you fill up in Pearsonville just before you turn left on 9 Mile Canyon. It's 130 ish miles to Porterville and more depending on your route in the foothills.

From 395 to Western Divide you'll see 4 or 5 cars

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:01 PM   #22
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Day 3 King's Canyon

I slept very well in this quiet canyon.












I rode over to Roaring River Falls. I would love to spend more time here someday.






The falls were roaring. The water in the pool was choppy and there was a heavy mist in the air. I was the only person around.










This was the last shot before my gear got to wet.





I made it all the way to the dead end and headed out. Such a beautiful place!












Up, Up, up the road twists and turns.










This video tries to convey what it was like riding King's Canyon and reveals how I shot the last 2 photos.

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:16 PM   #23
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Avoiding Fresno

We climbed out of King's Canyon and back through Sequoia and down the hill towards Fresno.






There's no way I want to ride through Fresno ever again, so I turned north onto Elwood RD.
I followed a slow sheriff for a few miles and was forced to behave.





The road twists and turns around Pine Flat Lake.






At the far end of the lake we turn up the steep hill with insanely tight curves. Trimmer Springs RD.
After the white knuckle thrill ride I stopped along the slow moving stream where I scared up a black whip snake.
I guess this stream is from Trimmer Springs?




After the break I mounted the helmet camera for a high speed run on the rest of Trimmer Springs RD.








In Coarsegold, April and I hang out in front of Robert's Frosty.





Burger, fries & shake made a nice lunch.

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:21 PM   #24
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Lovin' your pics and RR!



Thanks,

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Thanks, JM!

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The road down into Kings Canyon is my old stomping ground... wonderful. (did you ride through Hume Lake Conference grounds - busy but beautiful!) The road flows just like the river in places... great riding.

In August there are some real interesting places to explore near Boyden's Caverns.
Nope. I've never been out to Hume Lake. There are so many California roads and so little time...

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:26 PM   #25
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Dave, Next time don't turn up 178 and Walker Pass. Continue up 14 to 395 and 9 Mile Canyon. Take that up to Kennedy Meadows and follow the road to Sherman Pass Road. It takes you over a 9000 foot pass and dumps you back on the Western Devide Hwy just below the waterfall before Johnsonville. Just make sure you fill up in Pearsonville just before you turn left on 9 Mile Canyon. It's 130 ish miles to Porterville and more depending on your route in the foothills.

From 395 to Western Divide you'll see 4 or 5 cars

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I hate you, Gred Riding these roads regularly. Okay, I'm just jealous. I've ridden Sherman Pass 4 times I think. It's a great road. I had only ridden Walker Pass once before and we were 2up, so I wanted to experience it solo. I planned to zig-zag all of the passes in the Sierras, but I skipped Sherman so I wouldn't end up on the wrong side....
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:35 AM   #26
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It's nice that Helen lets you run off with April for some time. I guess she's not the jealous type.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:53 AM   #27
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I'll be riding out there from Tampa, FL in a couple of months, thanks for posting those routes
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #28
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It's nice that Helen lets you run off with April for some time. I guess she's not the jealous type.
No, she just want to take her own vacations as well. She just left today for her second trip without me his summer.

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I'll be riding out there from Tampa, FL in a couple of months, thanks for posting those routes
Hi Steve, Glad I could help your route planning. I've taken similar route several times before. You may find useful info in some of the other RRs I've done from the area. See the link in my signature for a list and description of each.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:55 PM   #29
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Holy smokes, those are some AMAZING photos. Thanks for sharing these. I have some new destinations in mind now!
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:55 PM   #30
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Sonora Pass

After Trimmer Springs Road I had planned to ride Auberry Road and past Bass Lake to Oakhurst like I have a couple times before,
but I got lost and ended up in Clovis before I knew what happened. I missed out on some of my favorite "Avoiding Fresno" routes.


I rolled into Sonora on fumes. I think the Futura only has 5 gallons of usable fuel...







I have never ridden Sonora Pass. Today will fix that.











What a ride! I strapped the tripod across the back and mounted the helmet camera out to the side.






You can see the camera following me here.





I came to the conclusion that this was the BEST motorcycle road I've ever ridden.





Exhilarating is the only word to describe it.





So many perfect curves and elevation changes plus stunning scenery. Not much traffic either.





A 360 degree panorama.










The ride depleted my adrenaline reserves. Before long I was on the east side of the Sierras.







Sonora Pass = The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Clothes On

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