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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motorambling, Nov 1, 2019.
This does seem like a wonderful trip. I assume it is over and you are just now filing the report. One comment I would make is that it is a really good idea if camping to be aware of bear danger. That means keeping all food odors away from your clothes, tent, sleeping gear etc at all times even when not in bear country so they have no reason to come investigate your sleeping quarters looking for food. I put all food and cooking gear into a single bag which can be used to haul food at all times, and can be hung or placed several hundred feet away from camp when camping in bear country.
Yosemite is a National Park I had not yet explored and it completely blew my mind. One day I’m staring at photos of this incredible world famous waterfall and the next I was standing in the pool at the top of it...after quite a climb up a large boulder pile. The pictures can not do this place justice. Once through the park, I found myself at a little middle of nowhere general store in search of some night time libations. The clerk was kind enough to point me up Mt Raymond road to some free pine forest camping!
Love seeing a fellow R9t rider taking long trips. Great pics!
Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
Looks like quite the adventure! Thanks for sharing!
Great pictures and Bike set for this Road Trip !
I left Mt Raymond campground and rolled south around Bass Lake on County Rd 222, spectacular stretch of curves and views. King's Canyon and the giant sequoias awaited me at the end of my ride. I am a bit of a tree geek and being able to ride through and walk among the largest trees on earth is pretty much the cat's ass in my world. Campgrounds were scarce this time of year, most close the last week of September, I'm not as much of a planner as I am a rider so I found myself rolling through the parks in the late afternoon with no luck of finding a place to stay. I rolled into the gas station/lodge and asked where I might set up for the night. The clerk informed me that there was one campground open a few miles back up the road and anywhere in the national forest was open to dispersed camping but not inside the national park. I found the camp road and rolled on until I saw the sign saying "dispersed camping allowed beyond this point." The road narrowed and turned to gravel and then I stumbled onto a cleared out area next to a stream surrounded by mountains and I could not imagine a better place to call home for the night. I filtered some stream water and refilled my drinking and cooking supply, then took the icy plunge to get cleaned up...if I were a dude there would have been some shrinkage!
Awesome epic tour.
You're a joy to the world.
Ride on and keep smiling!
Morning arrived with some clouds and a threat of a storm. I had been without cell service or news for a bit and had no idea what the forecast might be. I cooked some breakfast and hiked around camp, then the clouds began to let loose and I decided to wait out whatever was coming. After a few hours, nothing significant had happened weather-wise and I decided that I would not melt if caught in the rain. So, I loaded up to roll out and spend more time in the land of giants. It was about a mile down the road when I found the rain I had been trying to wait out. Oh my is it cold in the giant forest on top of the mountains in the rain, I was enjoying my heated grips to the fullest. I stopped to take a tree photo and spoke to a couple in a car who were pulled over and in a big hurry to get out and walk up the road....there inside of a giant tree was a full-sized deer!!! Holy F###! The coolest thing I think I have ever seen.
Great photos and RR.
Yosemite is beautiful I need to go back and visit again.
Forgive my ignorance. Is this some form of water filtration system using water from the creek?
Excellent trip, great looking bike and awesome photos! I plan to see that country someday.
Thanks for the report!
Yes it is and it was some of the best water I’ve ever drank. This system is super easy to use and is effective for 100,000 gallons of water from any freshwater source.
Day 8 ended warm and dry in Pismo Beach CA with an excellent dinner at the Shared Spoon. The ride out of the sequoias was unforgettable, what an incredible twisty turny hilly ride! I did experience a few near misses on my journey to the coast, I began feeling like a cat with nine lives. As I was descending into the valley from the national parks, a giant rock slid off the hillside and crashed and shattered in the lane next to me. Then, while rolling happily around one of the many 10 MPH curves, I looked up to see a jackass 2-up on a GS in my lane going uphill into the curve passing 5 cars and almost hitting me head-on! Next up, I was riding along a super straight stretch of nothingness behind an SUV at about 65 MPH when a double trailered semi decided to pass us, then changed his mind mid-pass while his second trailer was only halfway by me he swooped back into my lane pushing me off onto the shoulder I took all of this as a sign and hurried myself to the hotel and the nearest bar ...Tomorrow I hit the PCH and head for San Francisco which was the main point of this giant loop through the US.
Going to San Francisco?!
NorCal good times!
Look forward to seeing those posts ... if you can post them, hahaha.
Be careful lots of idiot drivers.
Are you making your way south by any chance? After San Francisco?
I actually headed north from San Fran....
Highway 1 was a long awaited destination for me I had been reading about it for years. Note to self ...and anyone else who wants to listen, Sunday afternoons are incredibly busy and crowded on the PCH!! Aside from my uninvited company of tour buses and rental cars the ride was spectacular. And, I managed to make the Golden Gate Bridge before dark. San Francisco might be my new favorite city ...people, food, scenery, architecture...the list goes on.
San Francisco is known for quite a few things and famous for its Irish coffee and clam chowder bread bowls. I took a ride down Lombard street and the harbor where I found the Buena Vista. This bar/cafe was the first place in America to serve an Irish coffee and now sells 30% of the world's Tullamore Dew whiskey. I stopped for a coffee ended up making friends staying for three and a bread bowl of chowder. The ride through town was beautiful and I stumbled upon a pet cemetery ...no children named Gage but I think it could definitely have some ghost stories. Not the warmest day for a ride up the coast but there wasn’t a soul out on the PCH this Monday afternoon. I rode up to Fort Brag and found a cheap hotel for the night with plans to visit Glass Beach in the morning.