The High Sierra Passes thread. Tales and Photos

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by wrk2surf, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Administrator Super Moderator

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    My wife is a Teamster, I'll show her this.
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  2. BtoV

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    This is at the far end getting into Isabella
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  3. michaeln

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    New tars on the 890 so decided to ride up to Ebbetts from Avery and scrub them in some. I had two seperate near misses with deer. This was during mid-afternoon, 2:30-3:30. The first one was on 4 somewhere near the Spicer turn off. I was going mumble mumble MPH and came around a corner to find FOUR does standing in my lane. Fortunately the 890 has SUPER brakes and I was able to bleed off lots of speed. While I was doing that, one of them ran the rest of the way across to the far side and the other three ran into the forest on the right. Good brakes saved me on that one.

    Continued on up past Lake Alpine to Ebbetts Pass, where I shot the obligatory picture, and then turned around. As I was approaching Mosquito Lake I had slowed way down because there are always people walking across the road in that area, and came around a corner to find ANOTHER doe ... on my side of the road. Because I was going pretty slow it was easy to brake for her.

    I have seen a lot of deer over the past mumble decades of riding, but virtually all of them have been near dawn or dusk, never smack in the middle of the bright sunny afternoon. Gotta watch for them all the time!

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    That is one nice bike!! I had a doe commit suicide on the side of my trailer in Owyhee Canyon a couple days ago. Mine was more in the prime deer dying time though, 7:30 p.m.
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  5. michaeln

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    I like the bike too, it's pretty potent in the hands of someone competent. That was not the case today. ;-)

    Yeah, the time of day is what surprised me so much. And after that first incident, I had kind of let my guard down thinking it was so wierd to see them out on such a bluebird day (look at the sky and stuff in the pic, it was bright, clear, sunny). I figured "well THAT won't happen again" ... but it did.

    The first group of four were standing in the uphill lane in full bright sunlight, the second single one was harder to spot because she ran out of a shaded area onto a shaded part of the road.
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    With the computerized braking and traction control these new bikes have, I wonder in a panic braking situation if it might be better to just grab a big handful and footfull of those hugely powerful brakes and warmed up sticky tires.

    I bet the computer can handle the situation better than my old brain. But I grew up riding bikes that the only traction control and abs was inside your helmet, so trying to manage the braking myself is generally what I go for.
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    Eastern Sierra dirt trip last week. Camping above Bishop 1st night.
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  8. michaeln

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    What a great place to be!
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    The road through Lassen National Park opens up this Friday, camp grounds also (I think). No visitor center/food services will be open.
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    "Wecome to Lassen National Park. Now turn around and get the fuck out!"
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    It makes for a nice long loop from Nevada City, Gold Lakes Highway etc... Grew up in Chico and learned to ski at Lassen in the 1970's when they had 2 rope tows and a Palma lift.
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    Sherman Pass is indeed open as reported here the other day. This is actually at Mosquito Meadow just off the pass. 20200527_115743.jpg
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    Going for a ride tomorrow- 4 and 88, leaving by first light. I read that Walker Burger is serving. Will I be able to find anything to eat other than gas stations and chain burger takeout on the west side? I'm going no matter what, just would like to know if i should hold out for something good or just grab whatever microwaved burro or bageldog when the urge strikes me. I don't plan on going all the way down to 49. Not sure yet which direction I'll be looping, but will almost certainly cut across from Avery to Pioneer or the other way around.
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    Murphys Pizza in Murphys was open for take out last thursday. There was some outside seating available. They said they were waiting on some signage so they could allow inside setting.
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  15. High Country Herb

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    My bike is in the shop for fork seals, so we drove over Sonora Pass to Virginia Lakes. The lodge and first lake was closed, but the trail into Hoover Wilderness was open. We hiked about 6 miles in, which is all above 10,000 foot elevation. I was light headed at times. There was still floating ice on the upper lake. It was a perfect day.

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    Be careful in the Sierras in the summer, its the only time they can pave/repair the roads. This means low beds, end dumps, bottom dumps, on some tight twisty roads we all love. Without them, a few winters would destroy the roads. I've been a lifelong moto/truck guy and while i dislike crossing the center line on a blind turn on/in anything, it's impossible to get the necessary equip. and material to these roads without crossing the line on tight turns. Just like deer, rockslides, tourists, bicycle riders, it's just an unavoidable fact of summer in the mountains. Trailers are longer than you think and will walk up the inside of a turn on the hill and turn over, or drop into the canyon and do the same. Please don't hate me, these are just facts.
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  17. michaeln

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    Last year I camped at Highland Lakes which is over 9000 feet. The thin air simply kicked my ass. I really couldn't do anything but sit. Someone pointed out the various brands of canned 95% pure Oxygen you can buy at places like Big 5 Sporting Goods. I have found that just a hit every once and a while off of one of those cans is VERY helpful to me at high altitudes.

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    all good points; and all easily managed by following what i think of as the 1st rule of locomotion:

    Never travel so fast that you can't stop within the distance you can see.


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    I agree, and I try to do that. I think sometimes I break that rule, but I do try not to.
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    I read that Viagra also reduces altitude sickness; for both men and women.