At the end of August I took a road trip with my Dad, and good friend Jacob, through the Sierra Navada mountain range. This trip was concocted over instant messenger while at work. I believe it started off with Jacob stating that if he didn't get out on the road he was going to lose his mind. The sad fact is that Jacob lost all his marbles a long time ago. Luckily for him it's not hard to talk me into a road trip, so I didn't have to argue his sanity situation. Dates were picked and our primary goal was to visit Yosemite Valley.
This was before all the fires broke out in California. As we approached departure day it seemed the only stories the news would run was how bad the fires had become. I kept checking the online fire maps and our planned route led us right to them. After much hemming and hawing we decided to continue with the destination, but we'd play it by ear and detour when necessary. So on August 31st my dad and I left Tucson for the long haul to California. I was in a non-photographic mood when we left, so I don't have any pictures of departure morning or the Shell station in Gila Bend. Please see any of my previous posts, where I headed west, to get the gist of Day 1.
The only hiccup was when we reached the southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The plan had been to cut through the park and come into Yucca Valley from the east. Unfortunately a bad storm had rolled through the area and washed out the road. The southern entrance to the park had been closed. So we continued west on I-10 through Indio and Palm Springs. This was a nightmare scenario. Never venture into the Palm Springs valley, on a motorcycle, in late August, in the afternoon! My dad's bike registered the ambient temperature at 113, but my own personal recollection was somewhere closer to 220 degrees! Luckily we climbed in elevation heading into Yucca Valley and by the time we reached the hotel the temperature wasn't too bad. Even so, we had to jump into the hotel pool to bring ourselves back to normal.
Day 1 - 417 miles
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After cooling off we headed over to Jacob's dad's place for dinner. I had met Mac (Jacob's dad) earlier in the year when Jacob and I had explored the Yucca Valley area. You can read about that trip HERE. Mac was as cool as ever and it wasn't long before we all had cold beers in our hands and discussing our plans for the next few days.
Day 2 - 330 miles
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The next morning we met Jacob at a gas station, outside of town, and proceeded to head north. Once we reached Red Mountain we pulled over so my dad could call some old highschool friends of his. We were going to meet them in Inyokern and then follow them up into the Sierra's for lunch.
brother has a cabin at the top of 9 mile in a small community called Kennedy Meadows. We stopped here for lunch.
Olancha peak. 12,192 feet in elevation.
Butler maps I brought along. This was my second trip with the maps and I don't think I ride without them now. A lot of cool country was seen but I didn't take many photos. We were in a rush to make camp before nightfall. We finally made camp in the town of Three Rivers.
We Three Restaurant and Bakery. It was a great day of riding but I was eager to see the Sequoia National Park the next day.