June 8, 2005

Ridge Crest, CA to Fresno, CA

We slept in this morning. Got up at 7:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. local time) and were on the road by 6:00 a.m. local time. The pass we had planned to take over the mountains was closed due to snow. Our detour was beautiful and led us to Lake Isabelle; the bluest water and a lovely town, where we stopped for breakfast. Joyce had the California eggs; poached eggs and avocados on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce. Yum, yum.

The route we planned toward Sequoia Natioal Park included one nice little winding road over the top of a mountain. It looked like fun. Unfortunately, there are several roads up there that aren't on the map and we don't know which one to take. We guess and ended up riding some very steep switch-backs that barely had asphalt wide enough for even one vehicle. It is very pretty, but we have no way of knowing whether it will take us over the mountain and put us back on track. We get to the point where we need to either be sure it is the right road or turn back because we may not have enough gas if it takes us somewhere unexpected. We stop a woman driving up there and she said we better go back down because there is no gas any closer than that. We reached the gas station with some miles to spare, but it was a good thing we turned back.

We rode a different route toward Sequoia National Park. Finally after 2, 3, 3 hours of lovely scenery, we enter the park. There IS a difference between a redwood tree and a sequoia tree. The sequoias ARE the giant redwoods. They are up to 3,000 years old!!! Can you imagine a tree or anything THREE THOUSAND years old!! The trees are just too massive to capture on film, so we have no pictures.

We wind down the mountain awesome, awesome. The roads are just one switch-back after another for long stretches. What a motorcycling paradise.

We pass yucca plants with blossoms 3-4 feet tall and the colors of Spring flowers blooming. They are thriving where you would not think it possible. Purple, pink, yellow, blue; a rainbow of color.

We find a HUGE snake right in the middle of the road stretched out in the lane. The head was on the white line to the right of the road, and the tail was on the double yellow line in the middle of the road. We saw Alpacas, Ostriches, Buffalo, and lots of cows. The cattle are very often roaming in an open range. It makes for some disgusting road mess! Arrived at the motel at 5:30 p.m. local time. Dinner was next door at very nice place called Shish-Ka-Bobs. Yum, yum.

End Point: Fresno, CA
Odometer at End of Day: 18139
Miles Traveled: 364


Places visited:

Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Forest
Giant Sequoia National Monument
King's Canyon National Park

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