Took my self and my bestest green friend for a wee tiki tour of the eastern sierras for the long labor day weekend. Had vague plans to knock off a few “need to do’s”.
Day 0: Left Santa Rosa after work after throwing on the new tire and then finding that my chain was a little dry (even after lube), dropped into see Tegan and Chuck. Chuck helped me check my back brakes which seem to have a bubble(bugger). Couldnt fix it so onward anyways. That night I made it to Sonora.
Stopped in for some mechanical support
Day 1: Got up earlyish- expecting holiday traffic. Not bad at all. Flew through Sonora Pass on the 108 and then started looking for the entrance to Mt Patterson approach.
Start of the dirt road to Mt Patterson
The dirt road to start towards Mt Patterson was easy enough to find (thanks to Garmin), and after a few false starts i found the well worn path pointing upwards towards the summit
The trail started getting a little more sketchy, but doable, even with a fully loaded bike.
Towards the top. Really the first time i could stop. Good trail- you just cant stop. View are incredible up here..
Landscape could just as easily be what Curiosity is looking at right now (Mars).
Summit was crowded. Most people were drinking beer. Seems like a good idea.
KLR to the top of Mt Patterson…. check
Heading down from the summit and looking back- lots of ATVs
From Mt Patterson down through Bridgeport and onto dirt again to Bodie
From Bodie south though cottonwood canyon on dirt to Lake Mono. Scoped out the way around Mono on dirt but the sand just about ate me so i ran away back to Lee Vining.
Long ass 167- straight as far (and more) as you can see. Glad i wasnt going that way. Used this section to scope eastern loop of Mono (nope) then to camp at Lee Vining.
Pretty epic and SUPER fun first day! About 350 miles.
Day 1: Sonora- Mt Patterson- Bridgeport- Bodie- Lake Mono- Lee Vining.