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We left Yosemite yesterday afternoon and drove all the way down to Bakersfield (200+ miles) to set ourselves up for CA-2, the Angeles Crest Scenic Highway. We left Bakersfield and drove to La Canada Flintridge, where we got gas for the trip. We then started up the most beautifully paved road I have ever been on. It's flawless pavement, light traffic, and lots of twisties with great scenery.
We had lunch at Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar, a hangout for bikers and sports car enthusiasts.
There were a couple areas with rocks on the road, so caution should be exercised. When you emerge from the tunnel, more beautiful vistas await. My sports camera does not do it justice.
We spent so much time enjoying Highway 2 it was now time to get some miles on. Our goal was to make Blythe (about 200 miles) so we would have a short run home. We got there about 9pm, then decided to just push for home to get across I-10 before the sun came up. This made for a 540 mile last day ending at 1:30am. The next day we met at our favorite restaurant to celebrate a great ride.
1650 miles in 5 days. These SilverWings are amazing!
CathyN Silver Wing Expert
Number of posts : 771 Location : USA Points : 4794 Registration date : 2010-11-15
Nice report and photos. I have always wanted to go to Yosemite. I have been up the coast highway from south of San Diego all the way to the Oregon border in a car. I would love to go on the Swing including Yosemite and other interior parts of California. It's getting enough time off to be able to do it justice. We may have to fly out and rent bikes.
JeffR_ Site Admin
Number of posts : 1103 Age : 61 Location : Bay Area, Ca Points : 7827 Registration date : 2010-05-12
Just used my google map. I am only 2000 miles from Yosemite. Just have to figure how long I can get off work and when. Oh and then there is the financial part of the equation. I guess I can ponder this over the winter months.
Az Kicker Scooter Rider
Number of posts : 28 Location : AZ, USA Points : 2903 Registration date : 2013-08-22
The trip was almost mechanically flawless. I had new tires and had just changed my oil.
I did, however, have one embarrassing failure. I used my parking brake at the Yosemite entrance so I could fish out some money, and the stupid thing STUCK! The lever released just fine, but I couldn't move the bike. I managed to get out of the entrance by burning off some of my belt.
It turns out that the spring located at the rear brake end kinked and jammed against the brake. Popping it out by hand worked just fine.
Other than that, the bikes (2 SilverWings and a Kawasaki Vulcan) performed well.
GHM-PM Site Admin
Number of posts : 1989 Age : 68 Location : Bullhead City, AZ Points : 5505 Registration date : 2012-05-17
Subject: Re: Yosemite - YES Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:34 am
Nice report and photos! Glad YOU got into Yosemite this year.
Subject: Re: Yosemite - YES Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:20 am