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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.
Probably a Transit.
Second page, what?
Anybody up for a guess?
Another looooooooooooong day trip
Stopped in Lee Vining, just beside Mono Lake and ate at Nicely's Diner. Eaten here before and posted pics. Due to the damn keto diet this may not look appetizing but it was delicious. Really good burger.
If you ever pass through, give it a go.
Then it was onward to the north to connect with Ebbett's Pass.
Gaining elevation into the Sierra's now the weather starts to cool and pine trees thicken.
Many places to stop and enjoy beautiful views. This was just an easy one so I took the opportunity because I was watching it the whole way up this first climb.
Somewhere down there was a cool cabin with an entire valley's view to itself.
Looking back towards Nevada:
I left Las Vegas at 5:35am exactly. I've been on the road just over 12 hours now and since I'm working on a couple hours of sleep, I'm going to start hitting caffeine after I have dinner.
No pics before the ones posted from earlier at Mono Lake. I took Route 6 in Bishop north and connected the 120 over to Lee Vining. Beautiful route and gets fun, twisty, and undulating the closer you get to Mono Lake.
Also, Benton is a sweet old mining town with a lot of vintage buildings, farming and mining equipment, and old cars. I was going to stop and get pics but wanted to get to the Sierra's instead.
Will upload more later.
More power to ya' Brian...
I was looking to ride up there again but the temps were in the triple digits... I'll be sticking to the coast until it cools down in late September or October...
I have a ton of bike pics taken there at Monitor Pass - eaten many a meal at Nicely's too
Next time thru Lee Vining check out the gourmet deli at the Chevron station south end of town, right after you turn onto 120 to head up Tioga.
All my years living in northern CA and even the Vegas years, that was my favorite weekend - banging out those passes, going back and forth between hwy 49 and 395.
It takes a lot to make me homesick for CA, but pictures of riding in that area do the job!
When I moved to CO I would bust a move across 50, stay at the Topaz Lake Lodge for a few days and base out of there.
Markleeville / Grover Hot Springs is a nice way to cap a day of riding around there.
Tioga Toomeys at the MOBIL in Lee Vining!
I saw the Hwy 89 sign not far from Lake Tahoe and was reminded of having a bumble bee inside my full face helmet bouncing between my face and the shield in relatively heavy traffic. Talk about a dramatic slowdown and near crash into the ditch (not quite) fighting to open the shield while violently down shifting and heavily braking. This on a six cylinder Honda CBX.
Made the 1000 in 24, again.
Continuing on from last last pics starting the climb up to Ebbett's Pass, it is two lane road until it isn't. Just white lines to show the edges of the road. The rest is up to you to share with your fellow motorists.
Once you get to that narrower road the motorcycling fun takes off. So does the scenery quotient.
From the last set of pics I didn't move but 10 seconds before seeing a cabin and running water so, off the bike again!
This is where scooters are the best because they are light, easy to get on and off of. Think I've said it before but the HD, I'm afraid to park it in dirt as I don't want to drop the thing if the ground is too soft.
Can't resist some things though.
Nice cabin with a beautiful little stream across the road and a magnificent view afforded by the cutting waters over the years. I'll get a video up later hopping around at a few of the stops.
I do miss the mountain roads out west. Maybe I'll get back out there for a trip someday.
The combination of doing these Herculean mileage days, narrow roads without turnaround areas, and staying ahead of all of the traffic you overtake can keep from getting some great pictures.
I missed some awesome photo ops care of the lakes on Ebbett's Pass.
I did find myself on a dirt road looking for a lake view but ending up in the sticks by Slick Rock.
Despite these pictures, there were people everywhere up here. Camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, you name it. Going to keep throwing the word beautiful around because that is the essence of the place with the trees, big granite rock formations, little reservoirs, and cabins/tiny houses littered throughout the place.
Oh, some counties allow dine in and some don't. All of my meals were in restaurants yesterday.
After I was on the other side of the Sierra's I headed to Sonora to find dinner. Ate at a diner, Barrow's, I think. Decent food. Bunch of hot younger chicks working there so there was that. No pictures though! Ordered the same thing I had earlier but s little NY strip steak instead of the burger. It was decent.
I'm more excited to get over to the 108 before sundown so I begin to pick up the pace.
Timed it beautifully because I ended up making it back to Bridgeport just as it had gotten dark. But that is a little ahead of myself.
The 108 is my favorite road. The scenery, the rollercoaster like moves you make climbing up, down, hairpin climbs and descents, rollers.. it hasn't been beat in my experience. Not to say it can't be. The place is magic though.
Couldn't have timed it better with the golden hour.
I want to keep stopping and taking pics but also get over the mountain while still light out.
Couldn't resist this spot though.
I'll get the video up to fill in the views a little more.
My next stop was closer to the Marine Corps base and as many times as I've been through this area(a few but not many) I'd never seen some old cabins near a camping area.
I cover that more in the video.
Everything else for the ride back is fairly uneventful except for the damn rabbits! Nature's numbskull. Not sure if it is the louder exhaust and intake or the better aimed headlight or what the forsaken reason is but the rabbits are charging at the HD all night through the desert.
Funny thing is if I rev the bike up they were diving for holes that weren't even there.
Just cruising down the road they would shoot for my front wheel. Almost hit over ten of them. The kangaroo rats, too. I killed a bunch of those.
One long eared rat did finally get me though. Stupid little bastard! It hit the leading edge of my frame by the shifter/oil cooler cowling and parts went everywhere.
Because of a conversation in JM about rabbits and Jack rabbits I'd decided to go back and look at the casualty. Thanks @Roadrunner, I believe you are correct and they are not jack rabbits I've been hitting over the years.
Cover your eyes if you are squeamish!
Poor little bastard got the shit knocked out of him still in its intestines.
The damage to thy steed:
Going to have to replace that.
Wish there was a cool aftermarket one, carbon, more sleek.
A German company, Thunderbike, makes one but it looks stoopid, IMO.
Shopping for stock.
Otherwise, once on the main roads I just burned it back home, struggling to stay awake because of taking on this ride with 2 hours of sleep.
Excitement gets me every time.
The trip meter started at 23 miles(from when I'd picked up my bike from its last service and hadn't ridden since).
I rode the Ebbets pass once and 108 twice. Definitely two of the best roads out there. Thanks for the pics and the reminder that I need to get out there and ride them again.
Don't wait too long. Those roads aren't for the faint of heart!
I also forgot the picture of the Bridgeport Superior Court. @The Virginian this pic is for you!
Lot of cool stuff around this place like the cannon.
Prominent ghost town of Bodie is nearby as well.
Great adventure! Thanks for sharing