We did it again. Another time for five friends to ride some of America's dream routes. Another amazing adventure and a lot of long lasting memories.
This time part of the gang were Steven, me, Rick, Paul and Kevin. The longest journey to it was on me and Paul is - as I am in Germany - the road captain. He planned the routes, organized the hotels and the bike rental.
In total we did almost 2,700 miles in 9 riding days North and East of San Francisco. We made it into Oregon and almost into Nevada and we had extreme Elevations up to 9900 ft.
The journey to SF
This time the flight went via Istanbul. There are many interesting things to see.
Take off in Berlin into gray skies
Bosporus Bridge connects Europe and Asia
The new Apple campus in Mountain View
After almost 20 hours travelling I do my first walk through the town.
Sea Lion colony on Pier 39
... with view to Alcatraz ...
... and Golden Gate Bridge
The following day is sightseeing day. Before breakfast I have a look at Golden Gate Bridge
The I do the Alcatraz tour. I booked it in particular for the view to the skyline and to Golden Gate Bridge. The history of the island does not touch me that much.
Golden Gate Bridge in the background
View from the cruise ship
You get to Coit tower via endles stair steps up a very steep hill or by bus. I climbed the stairs.
At noon we went to Golden Gate Bridge. An impressive and beautiful construction
Afterwards the group does the paperwork at Dubbelju
And then the technial preparations start. Here they try to connect intercoms to each other
Riding day #1
We go to Eureka north of San Francisco.
First we go over Golden Gate Bridge ...
Then we follow Highway 1 along Pacific coast in northern direction
The five red bikes are impressive
Stop at the Pacific coast
We also ride through a Redwood forest
Riding day #2
We learn about the roads. You do not go to a particular place here but you simply ride a road. It can take hours and last for more than 100 miles with turns and turns and turns. Just beautiful.
Riding day #3
Planned route starts with Highway 299 ...
Then the roads get smaller and smaller until it becomes hard offroad riding
We find this gas pump in a village. The counter is being read by means of a binocular from the General Store.
Roads get better and wider during the day.
We go on Highway 36 through a Redwood forest in the evening.
Riding day #4
We follow Klamath river up north into Oregon. We return along the Pacific coast
Paul and Tom in the morning
Waiting at a road construction site
We go through a Redwood forest on an easy to ride unpaved road
Riding day #5
We ride Highway 36 almost all day long. Our destination is Chico where the temperature is very high.
It is very hot in Chico. The thermometer shows 102 F.
We have an appointment with local Andy in Sierra Nevada brewery.
Riding day #6
We leave Chico and go to Markleeville close to Lake Tahoe
Reminder of a different time
Oroville Dam is made of earth and higher than Hoover Dam
A bridge spans over the reservoir
Another dam is Bullards Bar Dam
This road goes north and south at the same time
Riding day #7
Preparations for the ride over Sonora pass
Breakfast is available at Ali's Cafe
Sonora pass is a great road to ride and provides stunning views
Lunch after a long ride through hot valleys
We return via Carson-Pass
Kevin and I proceed to Lake Tahoe
Beer waits for us at the hotel
Later on we have a very good dinner in the restaurant across the street
Riding day #8
Tioga pass is the entry to Yosemite National Park. Due to high temperatures in the valleys we decide just to go up the pass and then to return. Hence we do not ride a loop.
Before Tioga we go over Monitor pass.
Lake Tenaya on Tioga-Pass
Mono Lake is very impressive
We go over Sonora Pass in the end. We bought sandwiches in a shop below Tioga and we eat them up at Sonora.
Riding day #9
We have 200 miles to go and have to hand in the bikes by 12 pm.
So we use Interstates back to San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Bridge is the last leg of our ride
Kevin and I go directly to the airport
Take off is interesting.
We stand between two runways and there are airplanes coming in on both runways.
Fog covers San Francisco but I can have a look at Bay Bridge
California Memorial Stadion
We pass Lake Tahoe. Close by is Markleeville located
Just before we arrive in Berlin I can see the Cargolifter hangar (now Tropical Island)
And what else?
Dubbelju bikes are marked properly
You will not find many places like this. 170 miles until you change roads but still turn after turn affter tun.
The bikes have been moved a lot.