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Old 09-17-2020, 11:02 AM   #16
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...Check the Air before you go tomorrow. The following is from a FB friend.

4:00 PM TODAY!! 9-26-2020
Tioga Pass Road at Highway 395!!
Ummm, this is getting rather Biblical!!
Bill, Can you clarify the dates of these pictures? Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2020, 01:29 PM   #17
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Bill, Can you clarify the dates of these pictures? Thanks.

Typo should be 9-16-2020

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Yosemite National Park to Close Due to Significant Smoke Impacts and Hazardous Air Quality
All park facilities and roads to close at 5:00 pm tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020


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Yosemite National Park announces that the park will close to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. All park entrance stations and roads will close beginning at 5:00 pm tonight, Thursday, September 17, 2020.

With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least throughout the weekend. The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees to be in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park's closure is in alignment with the closure of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the surrounding national forests.

For detailed information on current air quality and smoke impacts, please visit https://fire.airnow.gov/?lat=37.6725...lng=-119.80573

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose and on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page.
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:15 AM   #18
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National forests were closed. So Cherry Lake may be closed as well, please check.
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Old 09-18-2020, 08:51 AM   #19
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What is the big advantage of west over east on Hwy 4?

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For me it's more fun to go up a tight, twisty and steep mountain rather than be on the brakes going down. The east side is relatively steep and tight, whereas the west side not so much.

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National forests were closed. So Cherry Lake may be closed as well, please check.
My guess, the road between tuolome and 120 will remain open because of so much private property out that way, likely the lake itself is closed though.
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:23 AM   #20
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For me it's more fun to go up a tight, twisty and steep mountain rather than be on the brakes going down.
Sounds like you would enjoy an electric motorcycle. It's like being in 6th and first gear at the same time, no need for brakes when going downhill.

I went slowly down Monitor Pass on my Zero SR a few weeks ago. Never touched the brake at all and I had a better charge at the bottom of the hill than I started with from MarkleeVille. From there, I went up to Minden on Hwy 395 and did a free recharge to full as I had dinner in the casino across the street. Timing was perfect as the bike just hit 100% SOC when I got back to the bike. From there, I raced back to Reno on the freeway.

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My ride started fairly bad, the first third of it anyways, and ended even worse! Parrots Ferry Rd had "re-striping" the road for a good half of it, and me, being a good citizen, stayed in line behind the truck, waiting patiently! Then onto 4 East, and run into 3 sections early on, with one way traffic control for tree trimming/clearing!

Fortunately, after all that crap, when the ride gets good on 4, it was smooth sailing for me and the mystery BMW rider I got hooked up with and stayed behind until about the crest to start the descent. Never caught up to anyone in front of me, and had a good run all the way to the end!

88 West was almost even better, minus the traffic, but the "trustworthy/bulletproof" VFR (which is still fairly new to me) ended up spoiling the day. SIGH!!

Still haven't figured out the issue yet, but haven't dove all the way so far? Basically, seemed like it was running out of gas, but was at the bottom of the tank, without the gauge even blinking at me yet? Would not stay running or accel from any low RPMs, but if I revved the crap out of it, it would seem "OK" above like 7-8K ... but would not pull any sort of load ... meaning HILLS!! Good luck avoiding hills in the Sierras!!

Cost me several hours on the side of the road, waiting on my sister to get her friend's truck, and coming to get me, and get back to their place! Ride bascially came to a halt about 4-5 hours into it, with about an hour to go to finish my loop, but then took what should had been an hour, into about 4-5 hours to actually get "home"!

No regrets though ... as I said, the first 2/3rds of the ride was great, minus the "roadwork"! And the last half is just "life". I will live to fight another day ... though the VFR may end up on the auction block soon enough, as I have already considered selling it, since I acquired it? Love the motor ... brakes and suspension ... not so much. I'll either move on from it, or graft on the front end from one of my old "race bikes", and update the rear brakes as well, to ditch the "Honda linked braking system".

We shall see??
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Old 09-19-2020, 01:38 PM   #22
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Oh, I had changed my original planned route, because I left a few hours later than initially intended. Shortened it up a bit, and was still going to be a good 4-6 hour loop.

I'll sum it up with "SIGH" ... but nevertheless, was an enjoyable day, as any one is that remains upright on 2 wheels!!
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:04 AM   #23
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How are things on 108 lately? Still bad smoke?

I'm looking to do a ride up that way and it's been a long long time. I'm wondering if I should stay further north and just to 4 and 88 and other roads up there to stay out of the fire zone.

afm_147, I'd be down to meetup at some point if you want to go for a spin (if you get your VFR happy again).
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Tuolumne County, CA — Sadly a motorcycle rider has died after plummeting over a cliff on Highway 108 in Tuolumne County.

The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday near the Clarks Fork Road intersection, between the Donnell Vista and Dardanelle. The CHP reports that the bike went off the highway and 50 feet down a steep hill. First responders were able to reach the rider and administer CPR, while and an air ambulance was headed to the scene, according to the CHP. Unfortunately, the rider succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The individual’s name is not being released pending notification of family. The wreck remains under investigation.
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:28 AM   #25
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Tuolumne County, CA — Sadly a motorcycle rider has died after plummeting over a cliff on Highway 108 in Tuolumne County.

The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday near the Clarks Fork Road intersection, between the Donnell Vista and Dardanelle. The CHP reports that the bike went off the highway and 50 feet down a steep hill. First responders were able to reach the rider and administer CPR, while and an air ambulance was headed to the scene, according to the CHP. Unfortunately, the rider succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The individual’s name is not being released pending notification of family. The wreck remains under investigation.
Any update on this?

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Any update on this?

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Found this from thepinetree.net


Pine Grove Man Lost His Life in Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Hwy 108
Posted by: thepinetree on 09/21/2020 02:55 PM
Pinecrest, CA...On September 19, 2020 at approximately 1:30 PM, a 36-year-old male from Pine Grove, CA was riding a 2017 Aprilia motorcycle westbound on State Route 108 east of Clarks Fork Road at approximately 65 miles per hour. For unknown reasons, the rider lost control of his motorcycle and traveled off the north roadway edge of State Route 108. After leaving the roadway, both the motorcycle and rider traveled down and embankment, approximately 40-50 feet and struck a tree. Unfortunately, the rider succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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Pine Grove Man Lost His Life in Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Hwy 108
Posted by: thepinetree on 09/21/2020 02:55 PM
Pinecrest, CA...On September 19, 2020 at approximately 1:30 PM, a 36-year-old male from Pine Grove, CA was riding a 2017 Aprilia motorcycle westbound on State Route 108 east of Clarks Fork Road at approximately 65 miles per hour. For unknown reasons, the rider lost control of his motorcycle and traveled off the north roadway edge of State Route 108. After leaving the roadway, both the motorcycle and rider traveled down and embankment, approximately 40-50 feet and struck a tree. Unfortunately, the rider succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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Thank you for this. I have a close friend who lives in Sonora and rides this stretch of road often.

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How are things on 108 lately? Still bad smoke?

I'm looking to do a ride up that way and it's been a long long time. I'm wondering if I should stay further north and just to 4 and 88 and other roads up there to stay out of the fire zone.

afm_147, I'd be down to meetup at some point if you want to go for a spin (if you get your VFR happy again).
I did a couple jaunts on 108, about a month ago and 3 weeks ago. Then, the smoke wasn't so bad as it's been in the weeks since. 4W wasn't too bad til you got out towards the end of it, where I think the good parts are. 88 wasn't as bad, again once you start to get further west.

On 108, they were doing some grading or paving, I think they still are, so I didn't take it all the way to the end to 395. The first ride I did was cool though, as I was sitting by myself, early in the AM, I chatted with the guy doing traffic control, and he said the roads weren't bad, little loose gravel and some fresh pavement and whatever that filler stuff is they put down. I sat there a good 15-20 minutes, but then realized when the chase truck was coming with the opposing traffic, I was the road open to myself heading back East, so I flipped it and headed back to Sonora for some breakfast with smooth sailing ahead.

Last note: 'Danate' - Haven't really dove into the VFR yet, but have some strong suspicions of potential problems. Any ideas of when you may be wanting to ride out that way?? If the VFR gets back on it's feet(as well as all 4 cyls), I'd be open for anytime after Wed? If the weekends are better, we can figure that out as well?
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I did a couple jaunts on 108, about a month ago and 3 weeks ago. Then, the smoke wasn't so bad as it's been in the weeks since. 4W wasn't too bad til you got out towards the end of it, where I think the good parts are. 88 wasn't as bad, again once you start to get further west.

On 108, they were doing some grading or paving, I think they still are, so I didn't take it all the way to the end to 395. The first ride I did was cool though, as I was sitting by myself, early in the AM, I chatted with the guy doing traffic control, and he said the roads weren't bad, little loose gravel and some fresh pavement and whatever that filler stuff is they put down. I sat there a good 15-20 minutes, but then realized when the chase truck was coming with the opposing traffic, I was the road open to myself heading back East, so I flipped it and headed back to Sonora for some breakfast with smooth sailing ahead.

Last note: 'Danate' - Haven't really dove into the VFR yet, but have some strong suspicions of potential problems. Any ideas of when you may be wanting to ride out that way?? If the VFR gets back on it's feet(as well as all 4 cyls), I'd be open for anytime after Wed? If the weekends are better, we can figure that out as well?
Current plan is for this coming Monday. I could do Wed or Thurs of this week as well if you were up for it.
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Current plan is for this coming Monday. I could do Wed or Thurs of this week as well if you were up for it.
Wed might be a bit tough ... have another project set for tomorrow, Tues, but if it wraps up quick, I can get onto the VFR. Thurs is a good possibility, depending on what I find/fix between tomorrow and Wed?? I'll keep you posted.

I actually might be heading back to the Bay Area before next Monday, but if not, we can plan for that Monday ride instead? Did you have any set route/loop planned specifically? I'd like to do the 108E, to 395N through Walker, up over Monitor Pass to Markleeville, then onto 88W back to wherever??

Without double checking, I think it's about a good 4-5 loop, at around 200+ miles? Maybe a bit more on both specs, with stops etc?? Plus, this ends in "Jackson", so not sure if that's a good point to head "home" or continue elsewhere. Appears you are up "North", so would seem like a likely "end point"??

If you had something else in mind, I'm game, and/or we could shorten it up if you preferred?? Let me know.
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