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I rode through the southern grasslands , the deserts Death Valley through a lot of heat , through a lot of rain .
Now , I find myself where I camped last night here , Alabama Hills , an absolutely beautiful place to spend the evening .
I slept the best that I've slept yet on this trip this morning , I've just been lounging around the campsite , packing up my gear , getting ready for another day on the road , carrying everything I need to live off my motorcycle for a couple months at a time and that includes camping gear , cooking gear and of course , all of my film making gear .
I hope that you guys find this series to be entertaining and educational and I welcome you to follow me for another day's adventure .
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It must have rained recently because it just smells beautiful .
That's one of the things I love about motorcycling is that you just get to smell things along the way .
You become a little bit more immersed in the environment I got off the main highway and thought I would take some back roads .
So now I'm driving down a sandy track through the flat lands here .
And when I say sandy , it is sandy and here's some ruts .
Well , it is just a beautiful day for motorcycling .
Summertime weather .
72 degrees eastern side of the Sierra is absolutely a gorgeous day .
I woke up this morning in Alabama Hills , which is on highway 395 down by Lone Pine and Highway 395 is the highway that goes north and south on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range .
And as far as highways go , I don't usually like to take highways or certainly not interstates .
But highway 395 is an exception .
It's an exceptionally beautiful road .
In many cases , it's a divided highway .
So two lanes going north , two lanes going south .
And so I'm never riding against oncoming traffic .
There's always a passing lane , there's not a lot of truck traffic and there's just beautiful scenery all around .
So I really do enjoy riding highway 395 and it's kind of the main north south route and these mountains over here to the left , there's limited opportunities to cross over them .
There are certainly high mountain passes that go , they can be separated by hundreds of miles .
And so you really have to choose which side of the mountains you want to ride on or make sure that you're riding during a time of the year when the passes are open and many of them don't open until June .
So they could or should hopefully be open now , getting into late June .
So I was sitting here at this little pull out south of Mono Lake and making some decisions about where I might want to go .
And I decided , you know what I've got the time .
Why don't I actually ride a pass over the Sierra Nevadas head north and ride back over in another direction .
So we're going to get two rides out of this one going to the west over the Sierra Nevadas and then one coming back east , that's the beauty of this kind of travel , the freedom that it offers to those who are prepared and carry what they need .
So , here we go .
I am right at the base of the Sierra Nevadas right now and it just starts going up in elevation from here .
You can see there's a stream with flowing water that snow melt .
And I imagine when we get up there , we'll see some snow .
Let's get on the road and head up into the Sierra Nevadas .
Here we go up into the Sierra Nevada mountains .
I figured , you know why , ride alongside of them all day ?
Let's just go up in that .
So we'll get up into some beautiful high mountain country .
It'll be nice and cool up there and forested .
We'll find a really nice place to spend the night .
Hopefully by a mountain lake .
I like to keep this trip changing .
We've seen some beautiful desert scenery so far .
So now we'll go up into the forest at alpine country .
I got the go pro mounted on my mono pod on the back .
So you should get a good overview of the scenery as we drive up this road .
We're at 7000 ft of elevation right now .
Yeah , all of the snow from last winter has melted at least to this point .
We'll see how it is up ahead .
You can still see some of it on the mountain in the distance up there .
Sometimes that snow can stay up there until pretty late in the year , like late July and this road that we're going to be going on over the past is rated G one on the Butler motorcycle maps and that's their highest rating .
The gold standard of paved motorcycle roads , twisting , turning , well engineered , good scenery .
Everything that you want on your good paved motorcycle riding road .
I believe this is the pass one pass to the north of Yosemite .
There's only so many ways you can get across these mountains here and they all involve going up and over high passes that are closed in the winter time .
Sonora pass ahead , steep and narrow .
We're getting into some good twist here .
We're getting pretty close to the tree line .
Now , you can see up on these mountains up ahead .
There's no trees up there .
Oh , yeah , this is lovely country and look at all the snow over here , patches all over the place , man .
This is a good road .
Thanks , Butler Maps for recommending this one .
I don't think I've been down it before .
That's what I'm doing right now is going down Stanislaw Pass Highway 108 Sierra , Nevada Mountains of California .
It , your perfect day of motorcycling .
It's having fun mostly on the pavement today .
It's been a spectacular day of riding as you guys have seen .
I'm at this reservoir and I rolled in before sundown and I've just parked right off the side of the road .
There's actually a campground up the way .
But , you know , there was a couple of spots left , but I decided I'd rather be right here next to the lake all by myself .
It's going to be a little quieter .
It's peaceful .
I'm actually going to go for a quick dip in the lake .
Oh , yeah .
I'm really looking forward to cooking a hot meal tonight and drinking a little wine and just having a relaxing chill evening here .
This is gonna be really nice .
What am I going to cook up today ?
You might be asking chicken Ramen noodle soup .
We'll put some real chicken in there too .
We've got a couple little zucchinis , some sesame oil that smells good .
Sesame oil .
I'll let these zucchinis cook up a little bit and then I'll throw the chicken in there and some spices and we'll cook up the noodles separately .
Mix it all together , have a glass of wine and call it a meal .
I figured out that I can attach my little table to my pan ears here .
So I have the ability to stand up when I cook , which is a little bit nicer .
Not the sturdiest thing in the world yet .
You got to try new things and keep yourself entertained .
When you're out here in the back country , I'm gonna put some of this new Sriracha salt on there too .
Give it a little extra kick .
Maybe just a little bit more sesame oil as well because it's so good .
I think those are about done .
I'm going to cook up some water now just enough to fill up my noodles here and I'll put a lid on it because that makes it boil faster and we can save our fuel .
What a great spot to be cooking a meal after a good day's ride .
Get everything I need for a good night .
A couple of little bottles of wine , a hot meal , a Hammock by the lake .
Not too bad for day five , a packet of ramen can go a long ways when you add some extra spices and some fresh vegetables .
And I will say I like having this little camping table up here at standing level height and you know , obviously it's a work in progress .
I just came up with this literally tonight on the side of the road .
But I want to improvise and make it better like my mono pod here , which I really like .
I'm using it for so many different things on this trip .
Go pros to get that view over my shoulder .
Throw my mirror camera on it when I stand by the side of the road and I want to talk hanging in the camp kitchen , my motorcycle jacket , my helmet , I've strung a clothes line from it .
There's literally so many different things that this can be used for and it's all about that principle of keeping yourself elevated .
Keep yourself up off the ground .
Have a better time .
Bone appetite .