Monday, June 27, 2011

Mono County Riding

I guess it is official. Ski season is over for me!

I've been doing a lot of riding, which isn't nearly as fun to blog about, but I'll try to keep things going here.

Although we are still mourning the loss of our beloved friend Porter, we are getting out and having as much fun as we can.

Last weekend we fled the heat of the Owens Valley for the cool mountain air of Mono County.

Saturday I rode the June Lake loop, which was in very fine form with big waterfalls, wild flowers starting to show, and incredibly lush vegetation.

This is the north face of Carson Peak, with the raging Horsetail Falls lower center right (click to enlarge)
Devil's slide still looks skiable with only a short hike.
Grant Lake was brimming full next to one of my favorite stretches of road.Then on Sunday Mary, Hallie, Anne, Monica and I joined up for the Eastern Sierra Velo club ride from Lee Vining out to Sagehen Summit along the south shore of Mono Lake.

Mary was in fine form.
The huge pumice flats were dotted with lupine.

Mary was all smiles at the summit.

Group photo with Hallie, Anne, and Mary.
James Wilson reaches the summit fully loaded (for touring).
Hallie cruises the pumice flats at high speed.
and Mary crests the last hill of the day with the vast Mono Lake behind her.

Perfect weather, light traffic, and grand scenery were enjoyed by all.

Thanks to ESV for putting on a real nice ride.

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