this is kind of a long post. but it chronicles some of the best days i've had on a bike... i had a vacation coming up and decided to take my bike along. where better to go then right here in California? there were a few climbs i had on my list and searched for a few more to make a road trip out of it. in the meanwhile, Ygduf had convinced me to come out to the Everest Challenge so day one starts there.
up early, load up the car and head to Bishop. get there in time to register, check in to the motel and go for a quick ride.
at 5000' with about 5000' to go. this will be fun tomorrow.
everest challenge. will take it easy today and just try to finish. no extra space for cameras and such. hard day. made it.
wow, i don't feel like crawling under a rock today. take some pictures of the race. head over to mammoth for a quick ride before dark.
tioga pass. awesome day. the middle section is one of those climbs that you can see for miles in both directions but doesn't feel like a drag. great road surface. Yosemite views. ride down was a blast. there were some gusts of wind which were an unneeded reminder to be careful but otherwise great. not scary fast, not boring slow. 1/2lb cheeseburger at the end.
rest. eat cookies.
ride around LG. pack up the car and head to for Angeles National Forest. planning to ride SR39 and GMR/GRR/Mt. Baldy.
SR39. drove into town and was riding within the hour. long climb. hot. carried extra water but not nearly enough. the last miles of this were closed off to traffic and a little rough in places. but the views were excellent. the rough sections made for a long long descent which continued to speed up as elevation decreased. the sun was setting, a storm was brewing. a bit surreal.. no cars, big grin.
view from one of the turns