Clutch out, 5:30AM to beat the heat. Made Sequoia in 4 hours.
After my meeting, the ride through Fresno up to Yosemite was a hell ride. Temps of 108 and smokey air, drank tons of water, at a couple of places I was considering bagging it and getting a room.
Stopped at A & W in Oakhurst (not Lodi) for a root beer float, cooled off.
Entered Yosemite on 41. 41 has some really nice turns as you approach the park. The GS turns like it's on rails.
Arrived at Tuolumne Meadows Campground at 5:30 PM. Pitched the tent and made camp. Nothing like a fake beer to relax you, it's O'douls Time!
Pasta Primavera from a bag anyone?
Slept pretty well despite the altitude (uncalibrated GPS said 8500') and woke up to temps in the 50's. It felt cold after the heat of the previous day.
Get that Harley Biker's Brew ready! It goes really good with pre-cooked dehydrated scrambled eggs and bacon. MMMM.
Oh, good stuff!
Say Hello to my little friend.
Broke camp, packed up, and planned to go to Bodie. Then the chugging of a hard start and a sluggish battery changed my plans. After my recent luck with batteries these days, I decided to head towards home.
At the gas stop I had to kill the engine to open the gas cap, and it started normally after that so I do not know what was up. Since my cell phone was dead, it seemed smarter to head home than take my chances. Turns out the battery was replaced in January this year, and the terminals were tight.
Day one was 475 miles, 8.5 hours riding plus my meeting and stops. the abbreviated day two was 222 miles.
The Russell Day Long Saddle, and the GS (except for the little altitude hiccup) lived up to their reputations. I think I could do an SS1000 on this bike.