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sanfrancisco to yosemiteaathavan
Mar 19, 2001 2:08 PM
I was wondering if someone has already biked upto Yosemite from anywhere near bay area. I would really appreciate any information that I can have on the best routes, possible stopover points, and estimated time.

I m planning to go this weekend (ie 24th of March). Thank you very much.

re: sanfrancisco to yosemiteDog
Mar 19, 2001 4:31 PM
Are you carrying camping gear (panniers and all that), or is this like doing a double century sort of thing? Support? I'm trying to figure out how fast you are planning on riding, as it makes a huge difference here.

Mar 19, 2001 4:34 PM
Where are you actually starting from? I don't think bikes are allowed on the Bay Bridge -- starting in Oakland? Take the train out to Pleasonton and start from there?

Going all the way into Yosemite Valley?

Sounds kind of late in the game to be planning an epic journey like that.

Mar 21, 2001 11:34 AM
Hello Doug,

thanks for replying. When I first had the idea, I completely underestimated the task at hand.

I m now considering taking a train from Emeryville to Merced and biking from there. The distance from the map to Yosemite valley is about 80 miles, but I guess the elevation would mean that progress would be very slow. I am planning on about 3-4 days all together on this. Do you think it would possible.

I have a sleeping bag and also a tent. But I would prefer to travel without camping gear (but for the bag), not because I do not like to camp, but more because I have never camped before, and I think it would be too many new things for me to handle (unless you think it is no big deal).

would you have any ideas with regards to cheap accommodation. I wish to spend minimum to nothing on accommodation.

I would really appreciate your reply onthis. I know I m planning very late on a trip like this. But I have set my heart on biking to Yosemite and I wish to do it. And I need to figure out important stuff such as

1. are bikes permitted on highway 140 (or is there another route?).
2. Are there inexpensive places where I can stopover for the night without having to make a reservation..
3. what are the things that I should keep a lookout for.
4. What are the things that I MUST carry?

thanks so much .

If you think it would be convenient for you to talk, please give me your phone no and Icould call you up (mine is 510 486 1461)

Thank you
Mar 21, 2001 2:47 PM
The Valley Spokesmen do this ride one way each year at the end of April from Dublin (I have also ridden from Antioch). We take 3 days and stop in Oakdale, Groveland, and Yosemite Valley Curry Village. We stay in motels and make reservations ahead of time. Primarily we take Hwy. 120 after we hit Oakdale. To Oakdale, we go to Livermore, then take Grant Line Rd. and various roads through the Central Valley (like River Rd.) Snow this time of year can be an issue from the Yosemite gate to the valley.