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Off to Yosemite today(10 posts)

Off to Yosemite todayPseuZQ
Sep 26, 2003 9:47 AM
Tioga pass beckons. Now that I've posted it publicly I have to do it.

This will be my first time camping since I was a little kid. Hope I don't turn into Nell.
on a bike?DougSloan
Sep 26, 2003 9:57 AM
Driving or riding?

Either case, watch out for old men driving motorhomes.

Car camping. Riding once I get there.PseuZQ
Sep 26, 2003 10:00 AM
Not ready for loaded touring yet. Just taking incremental steps out of my comfort zone...
Do this...Lon Norder
Sep 26, 2003 10:14 AM
:-D !! (nm)PseuZQ
Sep 26, 2003 10:31 AM
Note to self: no guardrails (nm)irregardless
Sep 26, 2003 1:02 PM
"When's the next porta-potty?" nmKristin
Sep 26, 2003 10:35 AM
just on the right, in the valley, there is a campground :-)PeterRider
Sep 26, 2003 4:16 PM
been there -- weeee is right! (watch for rocks) nmDougSloan
Sep 26, 2003 10:37 AM
Do that trip every Oct.--really nice in fallCory
Sep 26, 2003 11:49 AM
I've gone down there every Nevada Day (late October) for years--it's a three-day weekend in Nevada, but not in California, so the park's not crowded. Used to camp, but then we all got old and soft and stay in Yosemite Lodge now...
Tioga Pass is a killer ride for me, with a lot more elevation gain even than it looks like from the map. You go up and down all day. The view's well worth it, though.
Do watch out for the traffic--the road's narrow and full of distracted drivers. I'd recommend your brightest clothing, too. You'll be in the trees much of the way, often in deep shade, and that stylish black outfit won't show up. The good news is that the speed limit is only 35, and most of the motorhomes don't even do that. You'll eat 'em up on the downhills. Keep their rear-view mirrors in mind--a friend of mine got whacked once--and if you have to, move to the left to keep them from trying to squeeze by. That's what happened to my buddy: He tried to edge right to get out of the way of an overtaking MH, and the driver had no idea where his corners were. The mirror hit him on the shoulder.
There are pay showers at Camp Curry, if you don't have one in your campground, and everything should still be open in the valley (some stuff closes in mid- to late October). You'll love it.