In my humble opinion, Sonora Pass may be the best motorcycle road on the planet. It crosses over Central California's Sierra Nevada mountain range and is closed in the winter due to snow. Freshly opened after a snowy winter, I took the day off work and took a jaunt (if you can call 400 miles round trip a jaunt) over to Sonora and rode it for the first time on my new GT. I never get tired of it-- perfect roads, amazing scenery. I took some pictures along the way to share with my peeps.
Monday morning, on the road at 6 AM with the sunrise. Fresno to the top of Little Dragon in 60 minutes. That's moving. I have to say, my new bike puts the old one to shame in the handling department and I have a whole new appreciation for this amazing road.
My workstation for the day...can't say that I missed the office too much.
Sonora in 2 hrs flat, thanks to no traffic, fast bike, and my new Adaptiv radar detector. It was cool and getting colder as I climbed. On the way up the pass...
Whoever paved this road should get the Medal of Honor.
Still lots of snow. The morning started out socked in with clouds but got sunny later.
The snow is really piled high towards the summit. Temps were dropping quickly but the electric gear and heated seat/grips were great and I was very comfortable.
Makes you want to make a snowman.
From 8,000 feet to nearly 10,000 feet the air temp dropped to 33 degrees. I've personally not seen this much snow at the top but this is the earliest I've been up there.
i just stood at the top for 15 minutes and took in the beauty. Then I got cold and had to get back on the warm bike.
On the way down the sun came out...
Majestic aren't they?
Found a nice private picnic table near the road and had lunch. Nothing like eating out in nature.
I think I may have found a gas pump older than the ones in Kings Canyon National Park. This one is at Dardanelle. It doesn't work.
Don Pedro reservoir on the way home...
And back up the dragon headed home...
This is the longest ride yet on the new bike, 396 miles round trip. A little stiff the last 50 miles or so but overall I'm getting the bike dialed in and set up the way I like it and it's very comfortable. I've got a 1600 mile 4 day trip set up next month, so stay tuned...