Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 37




The long way to Yosemite; today I wanted to ride through some of the passes over the Sierra Nevada mountains that are closed for a good part of the year. I left South Lake Tahoe, traversed Luther Pass and found a place for breakfast near Markleeville. Saw a marmot trying to get some sun outside the restaurant window. I rode over Ebbetts Pass and down to Angels Camp, then South to Sonora, and then back over via Sonora Pass. My last crossing of Sonora Pass was in June 2006; see the difference between June 2006 and August 2015.

Update: As I was arriving at Bridgeport, CA, I noticed that I was being photographed by a couple at the gas station that I was pulling into. Before I left, the thought occurred to me that it might be nice to have access to the pics, if possible, for this website. As they were about to leave, I ran over and met Alex and his lovely companion. I gave them my travel card and they said they would be happy to forward the pics. I also ran into them at an Overlook for Mono Lake. My appologies, the night I origionally composed this page I did not have access to the web and then forgot that these pics were in my email folder. Anyway, Alex aka Docteur Biclou is in the business of Bikes customization & restoration in France. Many thanks for the pics Alex.

It was a full day of lovely mountain riding and the weather was perfect - motorcycling doesn't get any better than this.

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Distance:
    Today = 281 miles,
    Total   = 8,884 miles
Riding Time:
    Today = 8-Hours, 58-Min,
    Total   = 11-Days, 15-Hours, 32-Min
Waking up to Rocky Mountain Blue Jays calling, perfect!
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Crossing over one of my first passes.
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Skiddish marmot.
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Evidence of fire activity.
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Lovely streams flowing by the roadway.
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Mountain lakes
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Ebbetts Pass- Winding mountain pass through the “California Alps.”
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May 25, 2006
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On my TedsBigRide 2006
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Riding into Bridgeport, CA (complements of Alex)
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Arriving at a Mono Lake Overlook
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Heading off again...Many Thanks Alex.
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First views of Mono Lake
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Mono Lake Panorama

The Mono Basin was formed by geological forces over the last five million years; Mono Lake formed at least 760,000 years ago. Volcanic activity continues in the Mono Lake vicinity: the most recent eruption occurred 350 years ago, resulting in the formation of Paoha Island.
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I snagged the penultimate campsite upon arriving at Yosemite NP. Lucky me :-)
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The eastern-looking sunset view from my campsite...WONDERFUL!
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