We spent the weekend camping in Grover Hot Springs, right near Markleeville, so we could pre-ride the Death Ride passes and get familiar with riding at altitude. The weather was superb, topping out at about 75 each day, and not too windy. Ok, it was cold overnight. Here's my car loaded up with bikes and stuff:
The first day we rode Ebbets, front and back sides. Some pics:
Yup, that's snow still on the top of some of the mountains. I don't think it will be there much longer. The ride is as scenic as ever. The climbing is tough - but the way Mt. Diablo is tough. There's not much that's really all that steep, but the climbs are very long. I did fine, other than my back acting up a bit (some vitamin I took care of that).
On the 2nd day we did Monitor, and rode over to Woodfords (the base of the climb to Pickets, really part of the Carson pass climb) so we could experience the rollers on the way and get some experience in the wind (which really wasn't bad at all). Monitor is another of those 9 mile climbs - nothing too steep, but it is long. Some more pics:
The 2nd photo is down towards Nevada from the Mono County line sign. Absolutely beautiful - but very different than Ebbet's - not much in the way of trees or tree cover. The descent it a blast - I wasn't trying very hard and hit 54mph no problem. Didn't even need the brakes - the turns are wide and sweeping, the road is good and hardly any traffic. Cycling heaven!
Great weekend - we sure are lucky to live in California!