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Tour without a goal – 21 August 2014

It seems strange that visitors to Yosemite should be so little influenced by the novel grandeur, as if their eyes were bandaged and their ears stopped. Most of those who I saw yesterday were looking down as if wholly unconscious of anything going on about them, while the sublime rocks were trembling with the tones of the mighty chanting congregation of waters gathered from all the mountains round about, making music that might draw the…

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Tour without a goal – 20 August 2014

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and blending in countless forms as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures, to draw her…

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Tour without a goal – 19 August 2014

To the timid traveler, fresh from the sedimentary levels of the lowlands, these highways, however picturesque and grand, seem terribly forbidding– cold, dead, gloomy gashes on the bones of the mountains, and all of Nature’s ways the ones to be most cautiously avoided. Yet the are full of the finest and most telling examples of Nature’s love; and though hard to travel, none are safer.   -John Muir into the valley This was quite possibly…

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Tour without a goal – 18 August 2014

The Mountain Spirit (excerpt)   Driving all night south from Reno Through cool-porches Bridgeport, past Mono Lake’s pale glow, past tongues of obsidian flow stopped chill, and the angled granite face on the east Sierra front —   -Gary Snyder High Point Today i would ride Tioga Road into Yosemite Park. This was pretty much a relentless climb for about 6 miles before leveling off at a series of alpine lakes. I have to saw…

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Tour without a goal – 17 August 2015

butterflies in the wind seeing them on their way   -Santoka through the devils gate The high, rocky valley walls effectively block the sun both setting and rising leading to a truly cold night. I had to put on my raincoat in the morning to warmup. I had ridden part way up the pass getting to this campground but there was still nine miles to go. The wind was back early too but there was…

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Tour without a goal – 15 August 2014

warm day — and still some food on hand   -Santoka it’s Tahoe vs Veygus in the Big Game It was another chilly, mountain morning, though not as outright cold as yesterday. Climbing the hill out of the campground warmed me right up anyway. I did a bit of riding high above Lake Tahoe which afforded some spectacular views, of the layered blue lake. It was a sunny, heading toward hot day and already the…

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Tour without a goal – 13 August 2014

before this autumn wind even the shadows of mountains shudder and tremble -Issa mountain wind I lingered at Movin’ West RV Park primarily to get my laundry done as it wasn’t available to me until 9am. I talked to a fellow there who gave me the rundown on all the upcoming roads and mountains. I could see that the dusty hills around me were veined with trails and forest roads and he noted that some…

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