Note to self. Never leave the Bay Area on Friday night. And if you say youÔÇÖre
work early. Leave early damnit!
Here we are. Running and ready to rock.
My goal for this evening was Reno. But like I said, Friday nights are bad news.
Quick stop at the Mothball Fleet. Whoops. Ready Reserve fleet. These should be ready
to sail in a few weeks (if the bottom doesnÔÇÖt fall out first).
Back on the road and finally near SAC. Traffic is starting to thin out. Lunch at the Bell is
starting to have an undesirable effect. Thank god IÔÇÖm not sitting in backÔÇªmileage is
getting better. WhatÔÇÖs up with that?
I decided to stop at IkedaÔÇÖs and grab something to eat. Burgers and shakes are it. Yummy.
I figure what the heck. Might as well stay in Auburn too. A couple of beers seal the deal.
Next morning, over the hill and down to Reno he goes.
ThereÔÇÖs a railroad shed that follows the mountain. Riding the train through
Donner Pass in the winter is a real treat.
Through Reno in a flash and onto 395 South. IÔÇÖm starting to think I should take the
jacket IÔÇÖm wearing off. IÔÇÖm too lazy to stop. And IÔÇÖll only have to put it on again
I need to work on my on-bike photo skills. But hereÔÇÖs the Eastern side of the Sierra.
Stop for gas and some coffee in Minden. Prop my feet up and gaze at the mountains
for the few minutes it takes to have coffee. This wouldnÔÇÖt be such a bad place. Would
House for a song?
Then I remind myself thereÔÇÖs a reason itÔÇÖs so starkÔÇªitÔÇÖs a desert.
Down 395 and towards Lee Vining. Jamming through Topaz Lake
and into Lee Vining. Nice day but it is starting to get cool. Looking
down towards Mono Lake.
A better view. And guess what? ItÔÇÖs one huge right hander that
takes you down to the road in about a minute. Yeehah!
I stopped in Lee Vining for gas and something to drink. Talked to
an R bike driver whoÔÇÖs hoping to meet up with his friends. His bike
has AK plates on it. DidnÔÇÖt ask how he got it down here but itÔÇÖs a
nice looking bike. An LT, Harley and a Suzuki pull in. We chat and
itÔÇÖs off our separate ways.