Finally got the pictures off the camera and on flickr, was also going to add a Google route map but have been unsuccessful in getting it to display. (So, if you know how to post a Google map with a route in it let me know.)
Friday morning, Sept. 24th, stopped by a local coffee shop before heading out.
The plan was to avoid the freeways and stick to back country roads.
The first stop was at Site 300 on Corral Hollow Rd. just before dropping in to the San Joaquin Valley.
From there it was south around Tracy, Ca. to Ripon and the north on Jack Tone Rd. The "Jerky" guy is at the intersection of Jack Tone and Hiway 4 and the jerky is really, really good! I like the Elk.
Jack Tone Rd takes you up to the small farming town of Lockford where it connects with Hiway 88. 88 heads in a north easterly direction up over Kit Carson pass (8650ft) and connects to Hiway 89. 89 runs north / south along the western side of the Sierras.
I stopped in Jackson for some gas and was starting to see more Harley's on the road, but nothing like the numbers of bikes that would be on US-80 or US-50. I passed several "packs" heading up 88 as they tend to run a little slower and "accordion" a lot. 89 dumps you out on US-50 at the south end of Lake Tahoe then 89 continues up and around the west side to Tahoe City and then up to Truckee. The only mishap I saw was an "Ultra Glide" flopped over on it's side at the intersection called the "Y" (where 50 and 89 split at the Lake). Looked like a low speed flop, no slide marks or plastic parts on the ground.
This picture is up above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.
More a little bit later...