Yo! Said-a Me!

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Sep 21, 2010

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Weak title, I know....brain is mush!

Yosemite is about 200 miles east of San Fran and with time becoming a bit of a factor, I decided to train/bus it over there. Mostly. (Don't have a heartattack Shiner!!) I left the hectic Mission area early on Monday and got the Oakland ferry followed by the train to a town called Merced. From there, I hopped on the bike and cycled to Mariposa (on the outskirts of Yosemite).

My first day seriously back on the bike after 2 weeks siesta and the first few miles went well. Then, the dreaded rumble of the back wheel...slow puncture! I tried the 'pump and ride' (!) method of pumping up the wheel and hoping it would get me to Mariposa. No hope. So on the side of a very hot, busy road, I'd to change the wheel. I'm getting to be a Master.

Wheel changed and I ambled on. It was very steep and windy as I approached the Sierra Nevadas and I was 'glowing' (with sweat!). Thankfully, the decent cooled me down til pop-hiss, a thumb-tack in my front wheel. Who uses thumb-tacks at the side of the road?!?!? This time the 'pump and ride' method worked and I limped into Mariposa. At a petrol station I decided to fix the puncture and use the air there to get my tires super pumped (soooper pumped). But, just before my cunning plan was complete, I dropped the bike on my ankle - the pain!

So I abandonned the next 5 miles, threw my bike aboard the local bus and arrived - finally, but safely - at the campsite. Long day.

Next day I woke early and made my to Yosemite. I heard everything from "it's a flat ride in" to "hills, more hills and then mountains". I'm getting to really start taking people's interpretation of roads with a bucketful of salt. Women are worst - such drama sometimes over a road! Anyway... It was a lovely cycle there and well worth that appraoch to the spectacular scenery of Yosemite. Good too that I avoided the crowds. I spent a fantastic day there seeing the half dome, Yosemite valley, the lower falls and El Capitain. Magic.
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Campbellino on

Just read your entire blog now! I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are the coolest person I know...even cooler cause you didn't know the significance of Forks!

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