Yosemite NP ride on street bikes?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by chrishsu, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I got stuck behind a wobbling sight seeing idiot one time, park cop whipped it around me and pulled the bastard over for a ticket in Yosemite. :happay
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  2. hbmichael

    hbmichael Been here awhile

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    This should be an outstanding ride. Bodie is an excellent little side excursion, the June Lake loop is also magnificent. Just remember to actually spend some time off your bike taking a little time to smell the proverbial roses. The geology, history and nature of the Sierras is second to none.
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  3. St.Stan

    St.Stan Been here awhile

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    +1 on the June Lake loop, forgot about that one. It's right by your loop and won't add a lot of time, maybe an hour and well worth it for some good "Eastern Sierras" scenery.
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  4. Cannabinoid

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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Maybe its just my rebellious nature, but I love hearing stuff like that. :thumb
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  6. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Greetings from the Left Coast. I lived in Silver Spring, MD for my first 44 years.

    You'll love Yosemite. All the advice is good: don't speed in the park. Don't speed anywhere on 395. Generally, CA doesn't have as much traffic enforcement as the East Coast, but Yosemite and surrounding areas are an exception due to the challenging nature of the roads and the general low level of driving skill of visitors.

    [rant] I swear you get people from far flung lands that have never driven, but they rent a 40 foot RV for their Yosemite vacation. I witnessed and RV-on-RV collision, it was interesting/entertaining watching the two drivers shout incomprehensibly at each other in their respective native tongues. [/rant]

    Anyway, the moral of the story is that if you pull off the road -- pull ALL THE WAY off, and you really have to watch your back anywhere that vehicles are in motion.

    Whoa Nelly Deli is good, doubly so since it's in the middle of F'in nowhere.

    If you're going to go that far, might as well visit Mono Lake, as well. It's very unique geology that you won't see just anywhere.

    Also, in September, the weather will be generally awesome, but you have to be prepared for cool weather -- if you cross a pass late in the day heading East, most or all of the downhill side will be in shade or otherwise lacking direct sun. There is a slim chance of rain -- that's usually well within "dry season".

    Also, if you (or anyone) visits the town of Walker, tell them you saw the ad in CityBike. :deal :rofl
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  7. chrishsu

    chrishsu Been here awhile

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    We live close to the intersection of Georgia ave and Rt 28 (Norbeck Rd). It's right on the border.
    Thanks for the tips!
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  8. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    How funny. I used to live 2 blocks off Georgia & Randolph. This internet thing is a small world.
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  9. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Also be sure to try the BBQ Brisket at Mountain View Barbeque. Maybe the best in the west.
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  10. klinquist

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    I personally avoid the NP boundries like the plague when on two wheels. So many "as good" roads/routes that skip the entrance fee, law enforcement, and motorhomes. I'd much rather overnight at the Topaz Lodge then take Monitor & Ebbetts Passes back over..
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  11. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    It's my belief that 120 is one of the most dangerous roads I've ever ridden. No kidding- nearly every time I've been on it, I've been nearly creamed by distracted drivers.

    Last time was about 6-8 weeks ago- a tourist in a convertible saw a overlook on the opposite side of the road and cranked a lefty right in front of me.

    Flipped me off, too, for honking my horn.

    Be very, very careful. But if you've never been, you kinda have to do it.
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