Monday, May 17, 2010
Not Really Downhill Afterall
We camped last night at the base of Tioga Pass, the north entrance to Yosemite. Just a beautiful setting with a creek roaring from snowmelt. Ron & I rolled out at 7000' and promptly were ascending again, this time to the last pass over 8000'. It's kind of a tough way to start the day, but you just do it. As you can see from the photos lately, the landscape is majestic and a great place to ride. Now, I'm not gonna lie to you, it was hard work, but rewarding all the same.
We met up with my family and Tim in Mammoth Lakes and had a delicious sandwich at a bakery, then strolled around a little. The town is in between ski season and summer recreation, so things were a little quiet. Ron & I descended for the next 45 minutes or so and the scenery changed before our eyes. Evidence of spring was everywhere, this cute lamb, trees are leafed out and the wind is blustery. Today was supposed to be something of a recovery day; even so, we rode 81 miles.
Dad found an oasis in this dry region of California...Keough Hot Springs. Griffin and I paid $14 and spent 2-1/2 hours in the pool and hot pool...refreshing! But Tim found the real deal a short distance away and it was free; smart guy. The place is kind of funky and a step back in time. If your ever in the neighborhood, check it out. This was the perfect finish to the day.