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In the last week I've made a few trips over the Sierras via three mountain passes and the fall colors and scenery have been very nice. Thought I'ld share some pics and videos as I slowly dredge them out of the cell phone.

When I was done playing with spiders
and riding with the TW gang at the Russ Memorial
I went home via Yosemite.
After encouraging the Roadtrips to go there I just had to roll the bike out to ride the Glacier Point road. Very nice on a TW . I recommend it.
 

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I made it up Lundy Canyon to attempt a better shot of the scenery TopPredator had admired. Truely beautifull canyon, those beavers live in a very scenic place


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When I was near Carson Pass I stopped to inspect some ancient river gravels above 8,000 feet ( well rounded boulders up to 3 ft across) that were the bed load of a major river before the entire paleo- topography was buried under massive basalt flows.

Much of the northwest still remains buried under these regional volcanic flows. In places mountain uplift and resulting erosion has cut down revealing glimpses into the past. Treasures from the past too...whatever mountains existed before contained gold which these buried rivers concentrated creating many of the placer gold deposits hydraulic miners pursued after the 49-ers cleaned up the modern river placers. Wherever these ancient perched river gravels were found the prospectors would build flumes collecting water from far afield to process the auriferous gravels. Remnants of these 140+ year old flumes can be found here and there perched along cliff faces and traversing slopes. Sometimes impressive tunnels were built to channel surface water to these remote dry ancient river deposits.
Around here the volcanic cap rock pokes up here and there but I appreciate where erosion has cut down revealing and sculpting the granite batholith and metamorphic belts below.
 

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Certainly Yosemite can be spectacular despite the crowds.

Getting off the roads avoids most of the crush of humanity. As I wasted last hours of daylight looking for campsite in the park I ended up hiking up Lambert dome as the moon rose, no crowds after dark. Quite and magical scrambling up the smooth rock faces just me and the moonlight.
 

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So following a moonlit cruise out over Tioga Pass to Mono Lake I ended camping by some hot springs. A beautiful sunrise followed by fresh brewed coffee while soaking weary bones was a good way to start the day
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Beautiful.
 
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Great pics Hoot. You and that bike seem made for each other.
 

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Yes, my pics Hoot. 'Twas a bueatifull day up Lundy canyon.

Even found this happy indian.

I was on my way home w/o time to unload and ride either Betty Boop or the Snow Blower but just had to detour to revisit.

Lundy is a side canyon draining Wilderness area into Mono Lake.

I like to get pretty tourist girls to take my ugly picture. Seems to work...must be out of sympathy.


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So following a moonlit cruise out over Tioga Pass to Mono Lake I ended camping by some hot springs. A beautiful sunrise followed by fresh brewed coffee while soaking weary bones was a good way to start the day
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Fred those are some nice hot springs. I have never really been up to the Eastern Sierras much until this last year. We did do a horse pack trip years ago into Virginia Lakes. These pics make me want to explore some more. Thanks. I am sure we will be getting up there more since my wife is retiring this year plus my brother has a cabin near Twain Heart on the west side with great riding nearby.
 

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Why does this crazy fellow travel with a snow blower you may well ask. Well actually Plumbstraight sold me his YardMachine at a fantastic price and delivered it to me at Santa Margarita Memorial Ride in Honor of departed forum legend LIZDBRTH.
My timing was fortuitous. Fall leaves were great Monday only to get likely blown away by intensely windy storm front that blew through Friday closing Yosemite's Tioga Pass under a blanket of heavy snow. Maybe I should take snow blower back and try to pioneer my way back over 10,000 ft summit to Tioga Lake as seen in last picture above.:D
 
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