California: Status of US 50

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  1. AdventurePoser

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    JP are planning on riding from LA up 395 to Carson City and US 50 on Friday. From there, we'll ride over the mountains to Auburn and the rally.

    Is this a feasible one day ride? At 537 miles, it will be a long one for JP...

    What is US50 like west of 395 and over the mountain?

    You thoughts are appreciated!:ear
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  2. Gary Stofer

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    US-50 is a beautiful ride. 2 lane along the American River for quite a while. Just had new snow on top today but the road will be clear and dry by Friday. You'll be heading against the Holiday crowd but will encounter a lot of traffic around the casino areas at Lake Tahoe. Turn right onto Hwy 49 North at Placerville--more great two lane right into Auburn.

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  3. RockyRaccoon

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    Do yourself a favor and stay in Minden, maybe the Carson Inn, and then go west via Hwy 88. Minden is nicer than Carson City, and there's a couple of good Basque restaurants with hearty family-style dinners. There's also a hot spring resort (Walley's) with a B&B near Genoa if you like that sort of thing.

    Hwy 88 is also more scenic than Hwy 50, IMO (it follows the ridge instead of the canyon), has less traffic and great sweepers. You can either follow it all the way down to Jackson and then go north on Hwy 49 or cut off to Placerville via Omo Ranch or Fiddletown.

    The ride up 395 will have spectacular scenery, though you'll be in high country as you leave Bishop and stay high all the rest of the way. Shouldn't be too cold. Check the forecast for Lee Vining or Bridgeport as that will probably be the coldest area. Hwy 395 is a fast two-lane road with a lot of passing lanes. Not many curves (though there's a great stretch of sweepers through the canyon between Bridgeport and Walker), but watch for Hwy Patrol hiding at the intersection with 108 (Sonora Pass).

    Enjoy!
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    If you aren't gamblers, another good place to overnight might be the Meadowcliff Inn or Motel on 395 just north of Walker. (Might be Coleville, Antelope Valley or Topaz address if it's not in Walker.) It's a family run place in a pretty setting with a great restaurant with homemade pies. Mmmm.

    http://www.meadowcliff.com/

    But if you want to stay where there's gambling, then try the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

    http://www.cvinn.com
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  5. Santa

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    I'll second the Carson valley inn suggestion. You will enjoy 88 much more than 50.
    See you at the niner.
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    Guys,

    Thanks for the road condition report. Sounds like a beautiful ride...

    Thanks also for the overnight lodging suggestions. For this ride, it'll be LA to Auburn in one day however. We plan on camping at the Rally Friday night. Hope this is a reasonable plan!

    See you there!

    Steve
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    That's a long ride from SoCal. Figure close to five hours from Bishop to Placerville and another 35 minutes to Auburn.

    Hope you get to cross the Sierra in daylight to see the great scenery! If you're rolling in at night, don't bother with Hwy 88. Hwy 50 (or even 80 if you don't mind the superslab), would be faster and may have fewer deer. Got your deer whistle?:rofl

    Oh, if you do take Hwy 50 from 395, no need to go all the way north to Carson City. Turn left at Minden and take Kingsbury Grade to Stateline (on Tahoe). It'll probably save at least 30 minutes. Also, once in Stateline, take a left on Pioneer Trail, a nice shortcut to Meyers. That'll save you another half hour of congestion and traffic lights.

    Of course, if you really want to have fun, turn off of Hwy 395 just past Meadowcliff onto Hwy 89 and go over Monitor Pass to Markleeville and then continue on 89 north to Meyers, where you can pick up Hwy 50. Come to think of it, that might be the fastest way of all on a motorcycle -- and the most fun.

    BTW, a good place for dinner with the wife is Sorenson's Resort, a cluster of little log cabins on Hwy 88/89 west of Woodford a few miles.
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  8. AdventurePoser

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    Maybe I should make it a two day ride, but at this point, and with the memorial weekend being here, I doubt we can find anyplace to stay up in that area! Do you have any suggestions?

    You are right, the scenery is grand. I did have a chance to ride over Monitor pass last summer,and it was awesome!

    Steve
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  9. RockyRaccoon

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    I'd call definitely call Meadowcliff, and if they're full, I'd ask which of the motels in nearby Walker they might recommend. There are a lot of them (for such a small town) and one or two of them are probably OK.

    Same thing with Carson Valley Inn.

    Bishop has gobs of motels. I usually stay at the Elm (or Elms?) Motel. It's cheap, simple, clean and off the main road, so it's quiet. Again, if they're full, they might have a recommendation.

    Bridgeport has one or two motels, too. Try this:
    http://www.thebridgeportinn.com/ I've always wanted to stay there, but never had a reason. Then you could drink beer at the Rhino.:1drink
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    Very funny....I don't think JP would care for my choice of motel arrangements at the Bunny Ranch...

    However, I did take your advice and decided to make this a two day ride. Called Meadowcliff and they had a spot. Seems people have been cancelling because of the "big storm." So, thanks for your recommendation!

    Also, thanks to you all for the route suggestions. I hope to see you all up in Auburn on Saturday afternoon!

    Cheers,
    Steve
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  12. Gary Stofer

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    If you're staying at Meadowcliff Thursday night, we'll be there too. Heading to Crystal, Nevada (Next door to Madam Butterfly's) Look for 'ROBO BYK' and 'ROBO JR' I've been looking for an excuse to stay at Meadowcliff for quite some time and our trip to Crystal works out perfect. We should arrive about 7:00 PM Thursday.

    Gary in Sacramento
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