Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Like a hair-dryer blowing in your face! - the ride to Yosemite National Park
Boy it was hot leaving San Francisco this morning and riding east to Yosemite National Park. It is always a little sad for me leaving the city-by-the-bay I've spent many happy times there and I know I'll be coming back one day, but sadly it won't be for a while.
We took it steady getting out of the busy San-Fran streets but before long we were cruising across the Bay Bridge to Oakland where we visited the Harley Davidson dealership there for an obligatory T-Shirt. Oakland, California is no doubt famous for many things, but we know it because of the first ever "Hells Angels" motorcycle club (HAMC) was founded there by Sonny Badger, and they went on to become an organised world-wide network.
We continued the ride east in the blistering heat, which is so tiring to ride in. Every 50 or miles we had to stop for cold drinks and a rest in the shade. Eventually though we found the cooling forests of Yosemite and of course the altitude which helped cool us off rapidly.
Here are just a few pictures, more to follow soon.
This photo above and the one below are taken from the back patio of our hotel room. Pretty spectacular here in Yosemite we think.
Tomorrow we will ride up through the valley and take more photo's as we head towards Napa Valley and get ready to celebrate Jon's birthday on the 16th.