> > > Long day. Up at 5:30, off the road at 7pm. First day really climbing the Sierras, and man was it a...

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> Long day. Up at 5:30, off the road at 7pm. First day really climbing the Sierras, and man was it a climb. We ended up at 5000 feet and it felt like we climbed that twice. We kept a consistent slow pace today and took plenty of rests to get out of the heat (95+), including a stop at a river where some locals were swimming and it was too nice to pass up. Finally we are getting out of the cites and going through some very small but really cool towns. Stopped at one hardware store and talked to the owner for awhile and he let us fill up our water bladders (which add quite a bit of weight on the hill climbs). Two tire changes later, we finally made it to our camp at 7, which isn’t much of a camp but the back of a gas station in the woods. Works for us, just hoping we don’t have a run in with a bear tonight. More climbing tomorrow and then we should be over the mountains. – Joe

JoeRuscito

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”