We got up at 5:30 again this morning and had a quick breakfast before heading out. It was 71 degrees when we left the hotel about 6:30. We had to ride across town to hit 41 up to Yosemite National Park. It was a fun ride once we got passed all of the towns and started heading up into the mountains. The road became a constant back and forth with beautiful trees on either side of us.
Once we were inside the park, the road continued in the same winding fashion, and Dwayne and I agreed that it was almost like a form of meditation, just leaning back and forth and concentrating on the road and the beautiful scenery with nothing on your mind except, “This is absolutely incredible!”
We took Glacier Point Road up to Glacier Point and were absolutely awestruck by how beautiful it was. Honestly, beautiful is not a strong enough word to describe it, and the pictures I post do it absolutely no justice. You really have to see this place with your own eyes to appreciate how truly incredible it really is. We stayed here for a bit, taking pictures and taking in the incredible landscape.
After a while, we headed back out towards the main road, and up towards Yosemite Valley. We stopped at Bridal Veil Falls to walk up to the observation deck and take pictures and once again become awestruck. These falls are just incredible, and it is such an experience to stand below them and feel the mist from them as they come crashing down in front of you. I could have stayed there all day.
From there we made our way up to Tioga Pass, stopping along the way to take pictures of different things along the way. Once we got up near the top of the pass, there was still snow on either side of the road, which seemed impossible since we had just been in 100+ degree weather the past two days. The temperatures in the park were much, much milder than the temperatures down in the valley’s, though. We were riding in 60-70 degree weather most of the day, with the exception of Yosemite Valley, which was in the 80’s.
Eventually we made our way all of the way across Tioga Pass and ended up in Lee Vining, California where we stopped at a Mobil gas station that also had a restaurant inside. Dwayne ordered an angus cheeseburger and fries, and I ordered the fish tacos which came two different ways and were served with black beans. They were by far the best food I’ve ever eaten from a gas station, hands down. Dwayne’s burger and fries were delicious also. I would definitely stop and eat here again if I were in the area and needed a quick meal.
Once we were done with our meal, we hopped back on the bikes and hit the road for South Lake Tahoe, California. The road was beautiful with snow capped mountains in the distance, and nice, sweeping curves to keep us entertained. At one point the West Walker River ran right along with the road as well, which gave us even more beautiful scenery to enjoy.
We didn’t get a chance to stop to take pictures once we got to Tahoe, but I intend to take some tomorrow morning when we head out, so I’ll add them tomorrow night if I do. I’m not sure of the total mileage for today, my tracker malfunctioned and stopped tracking somewhere between Lee Vining and Lake Tahoe 😦