Good morning .
What a beautiful place to wake up here next to the reservoir .
Here , I slept in my Hammock last night and it was just so comfortable .
You can hear the sounds of the birds this morning and somebody off in the distance cutting wood with a chainsaw , but it's a peaceful place to wake up .
Get my morning coffee .
I suppose .
Today we continue our ride through the Sierra Nevada mountains here , we'll make it to the other side to the western slope and then we'll turn around and cut back across them once again .
So we get a double dose of some mountain riding .
Today is day number six on the road and I'm getting into my routine .
Now , everything is working out pretty good with the bike and the camping gear , sleeping , cooking all of that kind of stuff .
Hopefully showing you guys a few tricks and tips and techniques along the way about what I do for motorcycle camping .
Last night , I slept in the Hammock for the first time and I do love sleeping in my Hammock .
It's so comfortable , but there are times when I would carry a tent and sleep in that as well .
So I have both on this trip and of course , the mono pod is working out great .
I used that last night for illuminating my campsite .
I had my little lantern hanging up there .
Yeah , that's it .
Life on the road .
We're still on the west side of the Sierras and it's hot and it's dry .
But we're going to turn east and go back into the mountains for this afternoon and we've got a couple of really good passes to go over .
So we'll get back in the high elevation .
We should see some snow on the side of the road and some lovely alpine scenery and granite rock spires .
Looking forward to our second day of riding through the Sierra Nevadas .
So this is where we begin our climb back into the Sierra Nevada Mountains .
We're starting at about 600 ft of elevation and we could potentially see upwards of 10,000 ft .
We'll find out I at the Burt Memorial overlook and that's the Bear River Reservoir down there .
Travel pretty slow , pretty careful , gentle .
I'm not out here going on high speed , busting through these curves more , just admiring the scenery and trying to make a little art along the way .
I don't know what lies up ahead , but I'm hoping that we get some good views , some big views , maybe some granite rocks .
I see some water up ahead on the right on the GPS .
So that's why I've got the go pros rolling right now .
Just to see what we can see , there's a lot of spontaneity on a trip like this in terms of knowing what to shoot and when to shoot , being prepared , it is really helpful .
Also , knowing what to expect is helpful .
And then there just comes a lot of serendipity as well .
GPS shows that we're going to be going through a town called Kit Carson , lots of other bikes on the road today .
That was a big wave .
We are in the Eldorado National Forest .
I ended up taking a different route back across the Sierra Nevadas than I was in .
There were a couple of really highly rated motorcycling roads that I missed .
But it's just kind of funny how those things happen .
You get going down a road and you don't even necessarily realize if it's the one you wanted to take or not .
Sometimes there's a beautiful tree off to the right , coming into Markleville just started to rain south of Lake Tahoe and I'm going to go see about getting some groceries and supplies for this evening .
It's two o'clock .
If I could get to a nice campsite early , I'd love to have a relaxing afternoon .
Have something really good to eat .
Let's stop at the grocery store here and find something good .
So , what a great day of riding through the Sierra Nevada Mountains .
Once again , I had a great afternoon of it and then found this place to camp , I would say an hour or so south of Lake Tahoe .
And I was just looking on the map for some BLM or National Forest land and this looks like a good spot .
There's a river right here .
It's always good to have a fresh source of water when you're out motorcycle camping because you can jump in and cool off .
You can take the water out of the stream here and do your laundry .
If you have a water filter , you can fill up your water jugs and you can use the water appropriately up in the hills here to do your dishes .
I always try to find a place to camp next to the water and I'd say about half the time I can do it .
And there is a rock pile here where somebody had a fire pit , but there were very clear , no fire signs as they came down into this area pretty much everywhere you go in the summer time , you can't build campfires anymore .
There was obviously a fire here .
Not too long ago .
These trees are all burned .
They're still alive , but you can see the charred bottoms on the trunks where there was , you know , a fire that came through here .
So no cooking on the fire box stove or campfires .
Yet , I suspect that will change as I get further up into the northwest and whole different environment , it's a lot wetter up there , but I'm prepared .
I've got my camp stove , I can cook dinner and make coffee and we'll get by .
So I pulled in right as it was starting to get really dark and ominous .
And so I set up my rain fly , thinking that if indeed we get a good rain dump , I'll be nice and dry .
It can just kick back and enjoy an afternoon thunderstorm in the mountains .
You hear that ?
I got my tarp set up just in time for an afternoon rain shower perhaps .
And it would be kind of enjoyable to sit under it and listen to the thunder and watch the rain come down .
I brought this tarp along for a couple of reasons .
One , I just want to get better at using it .
There's so many different configurations that you can use a tarp for and I want to get some experience .
And so I'm totally a novice at this .
I mean , this is not probably the finest tarp set up in the world by a long shot if you're an expert tarp person , apologies because this is what it is and I'm learning , but I did bring it because I want to get better at using it .
And I know as I travel up into the northwest , it's going to be a lot wetter and it would be really nice to have some kind of shelter to sit under , to camp under , to cook under , maybe get myself and my bike underneath it or the Hammock or whatever .
I just feel like it would be really nice to be able to hang out under a tarp .
If you set it up properly , you're sheltered from the rain , but you still have a really nice view of the environment around as opposed to like sitting inside of your tent all cooped up in a rainstorm .
Well , now we're getting just the slightest little bit of rain and it's really , is kind of pleasant to be just sitting here under the tarp protected from just this little rain out there in the distance .
Listen to that .
How peaceful , so much for the rain .
I think that was it getting sunny out again ?
I feel pretty good about this so far .
My beginning tarp making career , see , I always like to take my extra dry bags , kind of put them in the back here .
That way if I want some kind of a resting point to sort of sit up while I'm in my pants , I can handle a little , a little bit of a back rest sort of here .
That way I can just lay here with my head up , read a book or work on the computer .
Works out pretty good .
Oh , the camera bag is heavy .
You now , I'm gonna start the evening out with some cold pear cider .
That's a Hawaiian bowl with rice and pineapple .
And then I added some canned pineapple to it as well .
Just to make it a little extra better .
It's always nice when you can hit a proper grocery store or a little market , a little bit of fresh produce and some nice , easy to prepare meals .
It goes a long way .
That's it .
For me today .
I'm going to call it a night .
I'm well fed .
I've got my camp set up and I'm going to get up tomorrow and start day number seven .
I hope that you've really enjoyed this episode .
We've got lots more adventures to come .
You never know what's going to happen on the road .
But I'll do my best to bring you along and show you all the great roads along the way and the camping spots that I find probably a few good meals to cook and whatever else happens .
All right .
Take care of you guys .
We'll see you next time .