Re: California trip bits of this and that
We had the same general experience along the PCH, although parts of it were obscured by fog from San Francisco southbound for a few (20?) miles the morning we did it. Maybe that was a blessing? Couldn't see the precipices.
I know that stretch of Hwy 50 (?) west out of Lake Tahoe, some serious climbs and then drops often on blind corners. We traveled it on our route between between Carson City and Sacramento. Got stopped at some sort of a checkpoint near there by what looked like park rangers. They weren't police, maybe Fish and Game, and I think they were checking boats and trailers for traveling invasive species, among other things. We got pulled in, but were waved through almost as quickly after an older inspector realized we had nowhere to transport anything. Did a quick lunch at the McDonald's in Lake Tahoe. First "walk-thru" window I've ever seen at one of them. Service was brutally slow there, too.
I think we've done that road (it was over 5 years ago, can't recall exactly) that exits Yosemite to the west towards I-5 and points south. It's just switchback after switchback up and down. Quite a ride, if your brakes are OK. We headed south at Ripon on Hwy 99, I believe. Hwy 120 might have been the route out. I remember there were 3 or 4 guys on racing bicycles flying past us on the downhill hairpins. We were amazed at their bravery or insanity on some of the cliffsides. They were easily going 40 mph or more on some of the downhills.
It's not a sprint(er) (unless you make it one), it's (hopefully) a marathon.
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