Where were you guys trying to ride? We went up 245 this morning, and the smoke was pretty bad until Badger or there abouts. Whitaker Forest was fine, and by the time we hit Quail Flat it was clear blue sky. Hume Lake was good, and then everything was ok until ~5000' down the 198. After that, all smoke. Pretty sunset though.
By the way, if any of you lost a desert tan, military issue, mini-saddlebag first-aid kit on Ten Mile road today, I turned it into the Forest Service. Didn't want to, as it looked really good on the back of the bike, but I figured it was the right thing to do.