I took a day off work for a 350 mile ride around and through Yosemite today including local favorites Cottonwood, Cherry Lake, and Wards Ferry Roads. There is a map at the bottom of the post. I tried to ride Cottonwood a few weeks ago but got blocked by snow so today was my chance to finish the job. As it turned out I almost ended up walking home.
This is my first ride with my new Sony a300 DSLR camera so I took a lot of pics to get a feel for it.
Departure at 0615, bike ready to go. As usual I couldnít sleep in anticipation of a great ride.
I took the backroads route from Clovis. Two great local roads in particular. Hereís the first; Raymond Rd. This is cow and rodeo country.
Next up is Grub Gulch Road. How can you not love it with a name like that? And it rides just like it sounds, winding through cattle country and as pretty as a postcard.
More cows than people on Grub Gulch.
90 minutes later, Iím on the top of the Little Dragon. A local LEO laying down the law. Is that little pickup even capable of speeding?? Ironically I earned a performance award myself not 2 miles from this spot over the winter.
A look at my office for the dayÖ
Whatís not to love about the little dragon? Hereís a few for youÖ
Past Coulterville the fun roads continue. Hwy 49 is a blast.
The GT representing hereÖ
Makes you want to ride doesnít it?
Hwy 49 near Moccasin. Sportbike heaven and beautiful too.
Iíve never ridden Wards Ferry Road before but it looks interesting so itís on my schedule for today. Off to a good start.
Wards Ferry Road. Is it goaty? Heck ya. Itís the road CalTrans forgot. Worth it? Absolutely.
And to the infamous graffiti bridge. Trying out some f-stops on the new camera.
Remote and beautiful. Just up my alley.
So what does the bridge look like from above? Glad you askedÖ
From here Wards Ferry smooths out and poshes up as expensive new houses and beautiful meadows appear.
Through the friendly town of Tuolumne and guided by a stranger mowing his lawn I find myself on my main target of the day, Cottonwood Rd. Oh Cottonwood, you taunted my a few weeks ago when you were blocked with snow. Today you are mine. This is middle of nowhere stuff and Iím riding it to Cherry Lake. My first time. And it is spectacular.
A few graffiti bridges on this road also.
The rivers are raging and the colors are gorgeous.