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Quick Trip to Yosemite - 2 motorcycles, 500 miles, one day

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My daughter and son-in-law Chris are visiting from Hawaii, so what better excuse to take a day off and go for a ride. I was able to borrow Jamie's 2006 FJR after reassembling some rashed parts from a low-side, replacing coolant, oil and new PR-3 tires. The bike looked and ran great. Chris and I got off from Sacramento about 8:30 Wednesday morning in perfect weather. I set up Chris with my Shoei RF1000 with a Midland radio comm so we could talk. And in case you missed it, Jamie is a hell of a firend to lend his FJR so we could have a day riding.

 

Epicski lets us upload our pictures to albums , so all the pictures are right here


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A quick stop for fuel at the Folsom Costco for $3.99/gallon...it was $4.09 when we returned at about 8:00 PM.


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Then we set out on Latrobe Road and took 49 to Jamestown where we picked up 108 and 120 on into Yosemite. We traveled at a semi-urgent pace and made good time. By 10:30 we were rolling through the park gates. My annual pass got us both in.


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Weekdays in Yosemite are fun this time of year. The crowds are not there and not too many RVs to contend with. I don't recall seeing a single law enforcement ranger during our trip.


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The Dogwoods are in bloom...I should have probably stopped to take a picture that was not a blur. :)

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Fortunately, I have a friend Tyler Risk who was there this weekend, and she did take the time...Enjoy her more artistic approach:

 

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Lots of tunnels to pass through on the way in.
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Photoshop makes the crowds at the Tunnel View overlook disappear



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Without Photoshop, Chris doesn't look nearly as good, and his head shines. :lol:


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Gratuitous post card shot that everyone takes from here. The Falls are still running well, but there is very little snow left in the high country.


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After taking in the scenery we headed up to Glacier Point. Wheee!!


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This is what we call a scenic road. Photo over the shoulder.

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Viewing Bridalveil falls from above is spectacular.

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Chris admiring his kinship with the Half-Dome

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And across the Valley, Yosemite Falls is cranking away still.

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Edited by Cirquerider - 5/17/12 at 11:53pm
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Another view of Half Dome

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And the sense of elevation. What a place for a BASE jumper. See the diving board?

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Back on the bikes, we take a quick trip up the Valley. I'd love to have a day to hang out, but the objective is one-day.

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Anyone recognize the FJR stretch? The 2006 is equipped with a stock seat.

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An unusual picture of me as we cross Tioga Pass. Half-Dome from Tioga in the background.

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The comparison of the 2005 and 2006 blue...Come-on, you know you want one..devil.gif



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No ice on Tenaya Lake

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Near the Tioga Pass summit...very little snow

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Even on the North-facing slopes

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A fast downhill through the clouds of burning brake smoke from the tourists that don't down shift. The road drops from nearly 10K feet to 7000 feet in a few miles.

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At the bottom is the aqua blue Mono Lake in the middle of a desert.

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Dashing north along US395 the east face of the Sierra is rugged and beautiful.

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We turned over Monitor Pass and enjoyed the nearly new tarmack and perfect curves. We enjoyed them so much, no one took pictures. We continued over Carson Pass where just a week ago Caples Lake was still frozen. No more

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The view to Round Top and Sisters in the Mukolumne Wilderness is spectacular as any mountains in the Sierra.

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Shadows getting longer as we pass Silver Lake on Hwy 88.

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The gate to Mormon Emmigrant Trail is still closed. I'm sure it is passible, but we went down to Omo Ranch, and went through Sommerset and Bucks Bar Rd to Hwy 50. We got home at about 8:20, and mission accomplished.

Well, almost. Pizza and beer were consumed.

post #3 of 13

Nice TR Cirque.  The last time I was at Yosemite was when I was 14, with my sister and Great Uncle Russell.  I really need to get back there. 

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Tricia,you're close, and it's a nice trip.  You can do it on the way to Mammoth. smile.gif

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Nice TR. I'm leaving at lunchtime. Driving through the godawful central valley, through heavenly Yosemite, to Magical Mammoth. Be there all weekend skiing with a bunch of maggots (seems bears are pussies and don't ski this time of year).

 

Ellery Bowl looks so sad and burned out in your photo. Usually at this time of year you can ski right to the dam. I've heard Conness is in good shape though. Maybe they'll open Saddelebag Lake Rd. this weekend.

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Tricia,you're close, and it's a nice trip.  You can do it on the way to Mammoth. smile.gif

Phil and I have a long list of things we want to do as overnight trips, including, but not exclusive to.......Wine Country & Yosemite

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Nice pictures - looks like a great trip.  But it's kind of sad to see so little snow in the high country.

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As you can see, the high country in Yosemite is nearly burned out, but farther north, the Carson Pass area is holding onto snow very well.

 

Here is Kirkwood as we went by

 

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Nice pictures - looks like a great trip.  But it's kind of sad to see so little snow in the high country.

As sad as the snow is in this area, we were really surprised to see the lack of snow between here and Summit County Colorado last week.  Really sad. 

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icon14.gif  Sweet as usual.

 

First of all it takes a lot of confidence to take a 400 mile trip on a bike you just did a helluva lot of work on.

 

Second of all... That guy did a lot better than that other guy you went cruising with a few months agoduck.gif 

 

And third...  your daughter seems to have married well, hoping my kids find equally fun people to settle down with.

post #11 of 13

Great report and nice shots. It looked like you picked a great day to be on a bike.

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What a great trip !!!   We went there the weekend after you did and it was wonderful.  It took us a whole lot longer to get there from Folsom than you, us in an SUV and all....

 

btw - i think this is a view of nevada falls

 

 

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I learned something!  Thanks. 

 

There is no chance any SUV can travel Hwy 49 and the mountain roads at a FJR pace. biggrin.gif

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