It feels like ages since I last took a long road trip. Well, it’s gonna be a bit longer, I guess, since this one is just a trip around the Sierra Nevadas. My own backyard, if you will. My friend Mike got himself a Triumph Bonneville last year and he’s been itching to go on a ride. Hell, I’m game. My KLR650 might not be fast, but it gets the job done, and looks alright doing it.
Mike found the route by lurking in some motorcycle forums and this one is supposed to be outstanding. Mountain roads and scenic valleys, much like you’d see riding to Yosemite but without the traffic. Mix in some small towns and a few ghost towns, and you have what looks like an epic ride. I’m going by what he tells me and I have no reason to doubt him!
It’s gonna be an all day affair, waking up at the asscrack of dawn. Mike is an early riser, so I”m sure this will be just another day for him. Google says it’s 7 hours and 20 minutes. We’ll see soon enough.
As for gear, I’ve got the antique GoPro Hero 3 on the charger, bought a new swivel helmet mount for the thing, and dug up a couple spare batteries. I cleared out the memory card which happened to have video from my last Epic Ride around Utah…goddamn that was a good trip. Anyway, loading up on water and bringing a couple extra layers of clothing. You never know what weather the mountains are gonna give ya. Also bought me a fresh, clean, new, reflective visor. Mike…he’s got old school goggles, going for a classic Triumph look.
Hopefully I’ll be posting photos and video in the next day or so!