Total Trip Miles: 1,024
Today the trip odometer passed 1,000 miles. Woohoo!
And today was our big climb up and over Tioga Pass! At 9,945 ft, Tioga Pass is the highest point on the Sierra-Cascades route.
|Just 1,945 more feet to go!
At exactly 25 miles into our ride, BJ and Lilia drove by us in their rental car. They were on their way up to Toulumne Meadows for another overnight backpacking trip. This was the last time we'd see BJ and Lilia. Although they still have another week of vacation, they are going to head south next week to explore Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks.
|Alex talks with BJ.
The first 15 or 20 miles of our ride on Tioga Road this morning was okay. But after we got further along Tioga Road, there were lots of great views, such as those at Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, and Tuolumne Meadows.
|Olmsted Point, with Half Dome in the distance.
|My lunch spot in Tuolumne Meadows. Ah!
|Just 945 more feet to go!
Today we came across our first bike tourist heading south! The cyclist (I didn't catch his name) was from France. He's been biking around the US for a few months now, and he has 21 more days of biking until he needs to return home. He said we were the first tourists he had seen. We didn't doubt this, as he shared his non-stop monologue of all the places he'd been, and all the camps where he had stayed, and all the lakes he'd seen, and all the trees he'd seen... You get the idea.
|Me and the French tourist.
After some more pedaling, we arrived at Tioga Pass. Tioga Pass is the north entrance to Yosemite National Park, and so by reaching the pass, we were exiting the park.
|Shirley and the most anti-climatic elevation marker.
|Randy, Alex, and me at Tioga Pass.
|I couldn't resist attempting to make a snow angel.
Alas, the snow was too stiff for making proper wings and legs.
After arriving at the pass, we had twelve very quick miles downhill to the town of Lee Vining, where we are camping for the night. The road was super-duper steep. I reached my max speed on this trip -- 44.6 mph. Alex exceeded 50 mph!
|My max speed -- 44.6 mph!
I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's nice to be back in civilization again, because civilization brings with it a warm shower and laundry!
|Hanging out while waiting for the laundry.
I started the day with a sore muscle hangover from our hike up Half Dome two days ago. It's surprising that nearly seven hours of riding today helped to nearly overcome the soreness. Ah, the wonders of the body!
There is still a lot of climbing left on our trip. But now that the highest summit is in our past, it sorta seems like it's all downhill from here