Zig-Zaggin' the Sierra Nevadas and PCH

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Orpheus, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Orpheus

    Orpheus more like fool sport

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    I decided to take a relatively short fall trip before things started to get any colder. A good friend of 20+ years just started grad school at UC-Davis, so I planned a scenic route that went through Sequoia, Yosemite, Tioga Pass, and Ebbets Pass. On the way back down, I decided to take PCH from Monterey to San Luis Obispo.

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    I left on Tuesday after a huge ordeal involving my Symtec grip warmers. I turns out that the clutch-side heating element was grounding into the handlebars, which friend the clutch cable insulation in the process. So on the way up, I only had a throttle-side heater. It turns out that was all I needed.

    I didn't receive the straps for my Wolfman bag in time, but it turned out that some bungies did the job.
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    Heading toward Sequoia.
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    The road leading to Lodgepole is hilariously twisty, though not in the "fun" way. Especially not when it's dark out.
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    Construction on the one road leading in resulted in this 20 minute light. I killed the bike and waited for bears to come destroy me.
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    When the light finally turned, I was riding on a gravel road trying to avoid deer leaping everywhere. The most amazing sight was a section of the Giant Forest on fire. It was a controlled burn, but riding on that dark road into a maze of flaming trees was something else. I was tempted to stop and take some photos, but I was honestly pretty nervous about stopping due to the smoke and ash everywhere.

    Ah, the next morning was much more tranquil. Also chilly, probably around 30 degrees. In about an hour it seemed like it was over 60.
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    Your host.
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    Halfway through pulling up stakes I remembered to take a picture of my humble abode.
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    Ready to ride!
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    Leaving Sequoia.
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    Hi, tiny bike.
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    Greetings.
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    Near the entrance to King's Canyon.
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    Thanks for taking the photo, random foreigner. There were a lot of foreign tourists at both Sequoia and Yosemite.
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    Law & Order was on at this Bear Valley pizza place.
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    Triple crown: pizza, auto parts, service center.
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    Heading toward Yosemite.
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    Some nice art in this burg.
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    On the way into Yosemite on 41, I saw a blue sign with a white motorcycle on it and an arrow. I figured I should go down it. It was a bunch of gravel roads linking gnarly trails. I was man enough to do the gravel roads...
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    ... uhhhh...
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    Say, nice trees.
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    I am smiling because Yosemite is beautiful even when the water's all dried up.
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    Deer in the far background, though I was still a little shaken by a brief bear encounter the previous night. The rangers were trying to get a bear out of the camp. I heard them driving around and saw the spotlight shine on my tent. The bear sprinted past my tent and out into the meadow. My UDAP cannister was close by but thankfully went unused. Bearanoia.
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    Leaving Yosemite.
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    120 is an amazing road. It's incredibly beautiful and, until you get to Tioga Pass itself, the roads/wind don't seem too treacherous.
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    Lots of bikes up here, including a BMW R1200 GS with European plates.
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    Click for my attempt at a panoramic view.
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    The winds in Tioga Pass were pretty bad. They stayed pretty bad through the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas.
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    I suffered a grievous wound...
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    ... but was able to heal it with magical bandages.
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    I didn't get enough anxiety in Tioga Pass, so I headed north and back west into Ebbets Pass on 98/4.
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    Hilarious.
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    Ahhahahaahaha. This road is pretty absurd. Narrow road, no center line, and twists and turns like a rollercoaster. I took it very slowly.
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    This was the point at which my clutch cable needed to be adjusted. That's exactly what you want to do when you're about 15% of the way through Ebbets Pass.
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    Recreating a picture Demenshea posted in her thread.
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    Ah yes, back on the western side.
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    Good afternoon, ladies.
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    And with that, I arrived in Davis at my friend's. Here are a few shots from that visit:

    Cat!
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    Lake Berryessa on the Solano/Napa county borders.
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    My friend!
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    Hiking near Lake Berryessa.
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    Okay enough of that crap, back on the road! I decided to go from Davis back to Huntington Beach down PCH. Pretty... PRETTY SLOW. Here's a... well, a not very good shot near Carmel.
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    Heading toward Big Sur.
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    Anti-climactically, this is the last shot I took before it got dark. Elephant seals. Perhaps this is symbolic of something. My bike? Large, heavy, not very mobile on dirt. Oh well. Still a very fun trip.
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    And the soundtrack for this trip was:

    Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap
    Just for Now - Imogen Heap
    Classic Girl - Jane's Addiction
    Emily - Joanna Newsom
    Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
    Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
    Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
    Homesick - Kings of Convenience
    Pride - Living Color
    O Du Mein Holder Abendstern - Mark Uhlemann
    Castlevania 3 - Minibosses
    Float On - Modest Mouse
    Auto Rock - Mogwai
    Hairdresser on Fire - Morrissey
    Angry Afternoon - Noah Georgeson
    Grow Grow Grow - PJ Harvey
    Is There Anybody Here - Phil Ochs
    The Highwayman - Phil Ochs
    Karma Police - Radiohead
    Forever and a Day - Sleepy Rebels
    Where Is My Love - Cat Power
    Sunken Waltz - Calexico
    Earth Intruders - Bjork
    Pagan Poetry - Bjork
    Dear Prudence - The Beatles
    Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
    The Well and the Lighthouse - The Arcade Fire
    No Cars Go - The Arcade Fire
    Theme From Battery - Amon Tobin
    The Impossible Dream - Andy Williams
    What's the Difference - Dr. Dre, Eminem, Xzibit
    On & On - Eryka Badu
    Red Red Red - Fiona Apple
    Kicking Horse on Broken Hill - Godspeed, You Black Emperor!
    Metaphysical - Handsome Boy Modeling School
    If It Wasn't For You - Handsome Boy Modeling School
    Sadie - Joanna Newsom
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for your zig zaggin' report and pics!! It sure is scenic in those mountains and on the coast :thumb
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  3. Orpheus

    Orpheus more like fool sport

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    There were so many times I wish I had a better camera and the knowledge to use it. The scenery is amazing and I don't feel I captured it very well.
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  4. PlasticSun

    PlasticSun Long Live The Supertanker

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    Nice shots man! I'm looking forward to exploring Death Valley with you next month. :bmwrider
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  5. Orpheus

    Orpheus more like fool sport

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    Definitely. All I have left to do is:

    * Fix my alloy gas tank.
    * Fix my skidplate.
    * Get my wheels fixed.

    :cry
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