No Particular Place To Go

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by scarysharkface, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Nice to have you along!

    It really is nice just being in the moment and not worrying about meeting anyone's expectations.

    John
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  2. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Morning happens and the bike's still there..

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    I grab the continental breakfast, gear up and head West.

    Then I see this.

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    Really???!!! :eek1

    I may never sleep again!

    John
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  3. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Further West is Coaldale, a happy-go-lucky bedroom community of sorts...

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    There are some very picturesque mountain views, depending upon where one parks the bike..

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    Kind of a pleasant retirement community atmosphere..

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    Wimmins and/or gambling in the main hall..

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    Ernie needs to work on his image..

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    It's a beautiful morning, regardless..

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    Maybe time to hit the road again..

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    John
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  4. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Nice! You are certainly covering some miles.

    Cheers,
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  5. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    The change of scenery does wonders for my attitude. ;-)

    John


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  6. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    A twist of the wrist and I'm off again..

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    Into California and South to get around the smoke and fire in Yosemite..

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    Coming from the land of 100-pound rectangular bales and 1000-pound round bales, these seem to make a lot more sense.. But hay..

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    I finally make the turn Westward, some miles North of Mojave, into the hills..

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    Very light traffic and the road is fun on the V-Strom..

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    West of Bakersfield the road is single-lane through a landslide go-around, and waiting for our turn to move is a sweaty proposition. I'm at the lowest elevation since crossing the Mississippi, which kind of blows my mind, but it's all good and I'm happy to be a part of this day in California..

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    I only stop once on the run up through Fresno, and that's to re-hydrate.

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    Once past Coarsegold the traffic dwindles to nearly nothing and I enjoy the empty road a great deal. I got behind one RV who took the first pullout to let me by. Good times.

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    Camp is setup just inside the park, and I call it a day..

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    John
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  7. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    I can't complain about the weather. Other than my first night out, where it was still a bazillion degrees and muggy at midnight, it's never drifted too far outside of comfortable as long as I've been moving (stopped is a different story) on the bike and the two nights so far in the tent have been just about perfect. It's going to be a good day. It already is.

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    I'm at the South and West corner of the park, so heading North is the plan..

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    And East, along Glacier Point Road..

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    Practically zero traffic..

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    Iconic views..

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    I can't really tell, having never looked upon these before, but folks have been talking about how little water is flowing over the falls..

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    I spoke with an athletic couple from Birmingham, Georgia, who recommended taking the trail to the top of this. They did it yesterday in about a 9-hour round trip. Cool.

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    Holy shite, right?

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    Oh, and I don't see any big plume of smoke, just a haze..

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    Time to head back out to the main road and down to Yosemite Valley..

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    John
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  8. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Yeah, okay, there IS quite a bit of haze..

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    Zoom! Zoom!

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    I stop to walk the path to one of the falls..

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    And it's just almost dry..

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    The water evaporates before it gets to the bottom..

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    On the walk back out I catch two trees sucking face..

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    Nice views along the road..

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    John
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  9. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    Lookin Good John! :clap
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  10. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Hiya Don!

    :wave
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  11. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Traffic is incredibly light. I find a parking spot right behind the store/deli in Yosemite Valley.

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    Even from the parking lot there are great views.

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    I order what the girl behind the counter recommends and stroll outside to enjoy it. A guy at one of the picnic tables asks me about the Klim pants I'm wearing (he wondered if they were climbing pants), so I sit down and have a nice visit over lunch. Charlie Davis is an interesting man, and one of his many passions is Japanese clocks. Here's his website:

    http://www.japaneseclocklogos.com/

    We probably chatted about journalism, printing and graphic design for an hour..

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    I'm not sure what I want to see or where I want to go, but my chain and sprockets are wearing abnormally quickly and I figure I need to find new ones. So I snap some shots and keep riding.

    Look how low the water is in the park..

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    John
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  12. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Heading back out of the park, traffic is light and the roads are of course spectacular.

    I pass something that looks bad and pull off..

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    There were a couple of young guys sitting in the back of the ambulance. Hard to believe anyone could survive this..

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    I kept going and eventually caught up to traffic waiting to be routed around a landslide which had taken out the highway..

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    You can see the loose slide on the hill past the temporary bridge. Traffic was routed onto what appeared to have been maybe an old rail bed at some point..

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    The landscape changes quickly as I eventually head North toward Placerville..

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    The highway passes near or through some neat old towns that really deserve more attention than I'm giving..

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    More delays..

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    Once in Placerville, food is easy to find. I eat, make some calls about lodging and relax a bit..

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    John
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  13. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Hey John! :wave

    Can I be you when I grow up? :ear

    Good stuff! :clap
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  14. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Enjoying your RR so far!! I like this thermostat you have and I want to know where did you get it? I was wondering if it is intended for motorcycle/bicycle/backpacking, or was it from food equipment? :D
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  15. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Are you kidding? I want to be YOU when I grow up! :deal

    El Cheapo truck stop thermometer with a pen-sleeve clipped to the tank bag. It looks like a small meat thermometer and seems to work pretty well.

    John
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  16. JoeFab

    JoeFab Been here awhile

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    great ride man !...JF:clap
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  17. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Very nice ride report, thanks.
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  18. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Thanks! If I can get a few minutes on my own workstation I'll post another update.

    John

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  19. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Yesterday was a good day but not many miles..

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    I wake up to sunshine streaming into my cabin..

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    I'm at a crossroad of sorts. Head west and visit my friends at Alembic in Santa Rosa, or head east and homeward?

    East it is.

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    I'm on US 50 north of Yosemite, and yes there is smoke..

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    And views..

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    And a little bit of lane-splitting in South Lake Tahoe to get past some construction.

    There is also AdventureMotoStuff http://amotostuff.com/ and new chain and sprockets..

    Chad has all the bits I need, and saves me a bit of time and effort by cutting my old chain..

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    It's time..

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    And I'm back on the road..

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    John
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  20. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    I hadn't looked at a map, so I was curious how much 50 paralleled the train tracks. I rode across a couple of years ago and didn't recall seeing them, but then I hadn't been this far west..

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    More smokey haze..

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    Look, Mummy, there's an airplane up in the sky...

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    The further east I go the more smoke I see..

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    I wonder if these are in order. Possibly not..

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    I stop in Austin for camping supplies..

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    And follow Chad's advice to hit up the local campground about 8 miles down the highway, up in the second pass..

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    Home for the night..

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    Camping supplies..

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    Seems so odd to see so much greenery in the middle of Nevada..

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    The place even has a pit toilet, complete with permanent residents..

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    Another good day. Not many miles, but plenty accomplished.

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    John
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