There's been an on-again, off-again discussion amongst various folks about having a reoccurring gathering in the Sierra's. Tahoe Hill Country Rally, but that would be THCR, and certain folks would get confused. So, SGR was born. Hopefully, it'll all come to pass (sorry, no pun intended) in September this year.
I met up with Kneedragger Saturday to tour the area for hotels/motels that would have us.
Even found a means for those interested to commemorate this first endeavour...
Must've visited 10 to a dozen places, starting across the street where we met up.
(I'll save y'all from having to view all the other ones...)
Even went high and low searching out all the good eateries in the area, like Snowshoe Brewing Co. and Restaurant in Arnold, CA on highway 4. You gotta like having heated grips, heated seat, and Gerbings...
Charlie had to head back to Southern Calif. Sunday morning to make sure he was home by the end of the day, so he took all of his notes, brochures, and business cards from the various hotels/motels and booked. I on the other hand, and two more days. Found a wagon if needed...
and a shop that could alter things
which also happened to be the meeting place of some buffalo society
Headed up to Kirkwood, a popular ski resort, knowing full well that at some point it might just end up as a U-turn due to conditions. Thing is, though, there hadn't been anything but sunny weather for the last two weeks, so I figured it'd be passible. Turned out it was, although the picture I wanted after this one (at 8000') didn't have any area to safely pull over and snap photos. Same thing with the 7990' Carson Summit pass.
Got over the summit, into the wet (water running across the road...no ice
) and sandy part of the ride. Probably all of a ½ mile before the road started looking the the photos above again.
Got to Kirkwood only to find them to be a tad too expensive ($150.00/night, group rate...normally $188.00 per night). Parked as far as I could go...
Then headed back to the lower part where I managed to find a room for the night.
Monday, just wanted to check out highway 49 to the end in Oakhurst. Highway 49 is basically a foothills highway, so it has something for everyone. Twisties, sweepers, and long straights. Home, too, of the Little Dragon, between Coulterville and Bear Valley. It starts at the bridge crossing the raging waters of the Merced river.
The little dragon isn't nearly the equivalent of the Dragon back in Tennessee, but it's fun none-the-less.
At Oakhurst, where highway 49 ends at highway 41 (southern route into Yosemite), I decided one more food place should be checked out prior to heading home. Good place to stop and eat...
Yosemite Fork Mountain House Restaurant
And that's the end of the fun part. One stop for gas, and hoped I could get through the commute traffic without too much hassle. Turns out that quite a few other folks took the day off, and most were heading in the opposite direction I was taking. Do have to take the pegs back down to their lower and forward position, though. Knees weren't too happy at the end of the day, but all in all, a great ride.
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