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Old 04-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #106
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Oh, have I got pictures to upload tonight! We did not skip Yosemite and boy was it great. JCZ told us about Rt. 88 via Pashnit.com. I owe this man big time. Once again I will say that I never expected to ride roads like this.
First I need to catch up with a few others. Here is what the Clampett's wagon looks like now.

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:27 PM   #107
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My Yosemite photo dump. Honestly, I don't know what I could write that would add to the pictures. The area is amazing. I'm glad that my trip to bring the Ural home has brought me through these great places. Each one that we've had a short time at is deserving of a week or month or year's time spent at. I'm just a working joe so I can't do any of them justice that way. That said, I can't help but think of Lou Gehrig's quote that today I feel like the luckiest man alive. A short ride through these places sure beats never having the chance to see them.



























































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Old 04-19-2012, 09:36 PM   #108
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Thanks a bunch for provding the link. This ride report is so great that I had to join this forum today......just to be sure I don't miss a lick on this journey.

Really curious to learn where you're spending the night tonight. Wasn't very hospitable of me to not offer our guest room. We're only half hour from Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 88, if you ended up going that way over to 395.

But then again.......had I offered you one of our guest rooms, you'd of had to park that Ural next to a couple of Harleys.....only have a three car garage.
JC, you are THE MAN! I can't thank you enough, but I will offer to buy you breakfast. We just checked in at a motel at the beginning of 395, about 1 mile or so in.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:49 PM   #109
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Mostly Rt. 88. I cannot thank JCZ enough for guiding us here. It might look cold, but it honestly wasn't. I didn't even need gloves under the HippoHands. Julie didn't want to stop and put on an extra layer. I did stop and changed into my leather riding pants though. Jeans just didn't cut through the wind.









This was in a town before Rt. 88. I took this one in honour of my favorite sister-in-law.

























Crossing into Nevada. Loved every minute of it.















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Old 04-20-2012, 07:24 AM   #110
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Well, it looks like you took my advice of "enjoy the ride". I told you it was incredable.....as are all the other passes over the Sierra Nevada mountain range. And each is different from the other, too. By the way, you missed the best part of Yosemite.....Glacier Point. You'll have to come back next year!

I'm sorry, I forgot to warn you.....all the forests stop at the California-Nevada state line. I've told others that in the past and they think I'm exagerating until they get out here and see it for themselves.

By the way.....you're getting some great shots! Really like those sunset shots.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:29 AM   #111
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Good morning JC. They had Glacier Point closed right at the entrance. Another time for sure. We would love to spend more time there. What a place. I think our next trip will include our pups.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #112
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Good morning JC. They had Glacier Point closed right at the entrance. Another time for sure. We would love to spend more time there. What a place. I think our next trip will include our pups.
I thought it might still be closed, although there's just not much snow up there.

Well, you have a standing offer to use our home as your home base. Elk Grove is 7 miles south of Sacramento. We're a two hour ride from the Pacific ocean, Tahoe or Reno and even less to the Napa Valley wine region and a half day's ride back up to the Avenue of The Giants (the redwoods). And of course the many, many motorcycle roads all over Nor Cal that you've saw ride reports of, over on the other forum.

Roads that'll take you on a trip like this....
11 TAHOE GTG Journey...IMG_0326 by JCZhome, on Flickr
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:27 AM   #113
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Fatastic guys, great pics better people and trip that won't be soon forgot. (by many) thanks for doing what you're doing. The land slide pics are on quite the LARGE scale. The bike looks cool as hell.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:40 AM   #114
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Thanks Future ten. I'm glad to see others enjoy the ride.
JCZ, you are welcome at our place in central NY anytime. Lots of room in the garage for a few HDs.

Here is a picture of the beginning of the preps for the attack on the desert. The bike has needed nothing at all.



A nice 55 degrees in Gardenerville NV as I write this.

Edit- went down to 55 as I packed. nice.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #115
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I'm glad I got to chat with you guys a bit this morning! Your photos are great and are making me trip-sick! I'm glad you two made it to Yosemite, but I'm so disappointed that Glacier Point was closed down. Even in my sunburned-state last year, that put me in a good mood.

Here's another photo from the home front for you:



Puppies are fantastic- loved and happy. Don't rush home.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #116
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Good morning JC. They had Glacier Point closed right at the entrance. Another time for sure. We would love to spend more time there. What a place. I think our next trip will include our pups.

Your pups are welcome too. That's ours, Molly, in my avatar......the feerless little Maltese that loves to ride.
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Your pups are welcome too. That's ours, Molly, in my avatar......the feerless little Maltese that loves to ride.
That's great! You can bet their two Malteses will somehow find their way into the sidecar when it makes its way back to New York.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:31 PM   #118
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:33 PM   #119
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Them's my puppers! You made your mother mist up you little b......
We are at McD's at Bishop, CA for wifi. Got more weight added as we got a 2 gallon gas can and lots of water. Ran out coasting down a 8 mile downhill into town. Good thing I have 5 extra gallons.
Forgot to mention that I made an illegal left in from of a CA officer yesterday. Took my info and let me go.
The benefits of a clean license.
76 outside now. More later
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:33 PM   #120
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Well, we made it down CA 395 from Gardenerville to Lone Pine today. Julie is doing a bunch of laundry at the motel and I'm catching up with you guys. The bike is all gassed up for the morning. The plan is to head into Death Valley before the sun rises. We've heard conflicting reports on road conditions. We will take it as it comes.
In a bit we are going to ride the empty Desert Rat around town. The people at the visitor's center in town gave us a map of the area. It is called the Alabama Hills and they made a bunch of westerns here. Gunga Din, Maverick (James Garner, not Palin's buddy McCain), Rawhide, Hopalong Cassidy, Lone Ranger, Yellow Sky, Tremors,... We'll take a few pictures and post them tonight.
Here are a few pics of the ride to Lone Pine earlier today:

Added NV for the brief swing in on 395. More of that state in a few days.






Mono Lake, CA






Just in case some idiot wants to screw with us, here's my Crockodile Dundee solution. Off with their heads as we pass!



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