This was the spring to ride all the mountain passes as they opened. I’d been over Carson early in the season, I (cough, drove, cough) over Sonora. Tioga was finally open and it was time to get out an play on the bikes. I sort of find lakes near snow capped mountains cool, so I decided to see all sorts of bodies of water (also known as lakes) in the Sierra.
Tenaya Lake was super flooded. That sign is usually well on land.
Spring is in full bloom! The trees at Silver Lake were well covered in green leaves:
At June lake ready to ride!
Convict Lake… one of the clearest lakes on the trip:
Dan chilling at Convict Lake
Erick Schat’s Bakery. It’s an authentic Dutch bakery in Bishop. Apparently a local favorite that did not disappoint if a sandwich is your food of choice.
162 headed up to Lake Sabrina. It’s a super nice view with the sharp, snow covered peaks. CA162 was sort of a strange little road.. great scenery, but straighter than I would have expected for as good of scenery as there was. Aspendell will be cool in the fall though!
Lake Sabrina. This one looked so cool from the pictures, but the actual lake was less than. The grounds were not as well taken care of as other lakes. The water level also seemed way low as well.
The V-Strom is slowly starting to do more dirt !
The start of US Highway 6… all the way from Bishop, CA to Provencetown, MA
US6 on it’s way into Nevada. Staring out into the distance made me think about my cross country ride last summer. I wonder what it would be like to take 6 all the way across.
I’m in Nevada! (but I think I’m sill in California here).
Much of the afternoon was spent dodging these suckers, but I got wet anyway.
The V & I off in the desert
Fisherman out on Virginia Lake. This was the highest lake of the tour at 9600 ft (I think). Super fun little road out to it. I’m finding that it’s cool to ride some of these smaller roads rather than just state highways .
Tioga Lake. The snow capped mountains in the back were cool!
Bridalveil Falls in full color
A rainbow, but no pot of gold (aside from a great ride)
The stream out of Bridalveil falls
We took a lot of panoramas on this trip so it took some time to get them all stitched. Here are the panoramic shots of all the fun destinations on the trip. They are sort of out of order, but you’ll get the idea
The summit just before you hit Lake Sabrina on CA 168:
The Sierra Nevada loom along US-395. They are really cool with the snow:
Cowboy & wife fishin’ at Convict Lake:
A close up of the shores at Convict Lake:
Sort of a random pano. I saw a similar photo in the fall with yellow but was interested to try the effect. Not sure the green is as cool as the yellow:
The “other side” of 120 in stark contrast. Snow capped mountains and Yosemite National Park:
The sunset on Sunday was spectacular. I’m giving this one two shots:
Route for the weekend: