A few weeks ago my friend Greg and I were talking cycling over dinner and he mentioned he was scheming to ride from Bishop to Tuolumne Meadows. I think "WOW" was my response at the time and, as I thought about it some more, I really liked the idea. He picked the day and I let him know I was "in."
The plan was to meet at his place at 5:00am and ride at first light so as to beat the heat.
Here we are, preparing to saddle up the steads.
When we reached Round Valley the shadows were still long and the light still soft.
Mt. Tom loomed over our proceedings.
Our first big stop was at Tom's Place for a little power food. This ham and egg sandwich kept me going for nearly three hours!
Through Long Valley.
Over Deadman's Summit.
To near June Lake Junction, where Mary & Porter hooked up with us and topped off our good spirits.
Down the long descent near Mono Craters.
To our next stop at Whoa Nellie Deli. Since we had some serious exertion ahead of us we stuck to energy drink and Powerbars. The fish tacos would have to wait for another day.
The sign says "Steep Grades, Difficult for Trailers" (click to enlarge). It ain't too easy for cyclists either.
This is where the climbing got tough. The road winds up the valley then out to the left of the peak in the center.
It was really nice to have this sign behind me.I think Greg agreed with that sentiment at this point.Although we had not yet reached the pass, the grades were much mellower and we could enjoy the views like this one of Ellery Lake.
And Tioga Lake.
At last the end of all the uphill, Tioga Pass.
The high country was in fine form - as usual!
We finished at the Pack Station in Tuolumne Meadows a bit worse for the wear, but jubilant nonetheless.
That was a super ride!!