|Distance||113.52 kms||70.84 miles|
|Climbed||454 meters||1,490 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||6.18||-|
|Avg speed||11.4 kph||-|
|Distance||28,386.73 kms||17,638.86 miles|
|Climbed||298,170 meters||978,248 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||2,010.68||-|
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
We're up pretty early, at least in my case due to the morning sun turning my tent into a sauna. A coast back down the hill and we're in Lone Pine for breakfast at a local restaurant. The Indy 500 is just kicking off on TV in front of a couple of attentive patrons.
The theme for the day is flattish, hot, and mildly windy. The towns roll by: Big Pine, Independence, then Bishop. We were shooting for Lake Crowley (I got an offer to come by from a camp host at a BLM site up there), but it's already close to 5pm with 30 miles and 3,000 feet of climbing to go. We could make it I'm sure but we would arrive late and exhausted; plus since it is Memorial Day Weekend the campground is probably packed to the gills. A guy working at a outdoors store gives us the rundown on camping possibilities in the area. He's not optimistic about the campgrounds, again because of Memorial Day Weekend, and the fact that there is a "Mule Days" festival in Bishop (whatever that entails...). At any rate it's a big weekend for Bishop. We decide to keep riding and see what develops. 10 miles north of town we come upon a dirt road that follows a creek. A mile or so down is a clear spot under some trees: good enough.
While eating dinner a squall rolls through, bringing a rainbow, some wind, and a few drops of rain. I'll be falling asleep to the sound of croaking frogs along the banks of the creek.