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06/05/05 - Sunday - San Diego to Bishop

Started early to avoid as much San Diego and San Bernardino traffic as possible. Light drizzle on I-15 and I-215 to Cajon pass, then dry and extremely gusty winds for the remainder of the day on US-395 to Bishop.  Highlight of the ride was a side trip to Whitney Portal. Most notable expereince was executing a sweeping gentle right-hand curve in the road while leaning 10 degrees to the left (due to severe side winds). Funniest inside moments were posing for a photo in front of the Cartago town sign and getting hotel room directly behind Verizon microwave tower. Picked up some goodies at Schat's Bakery, including a chocolate-chip pound cake we ate for the next four nights.  389.5 miles for the day -- Next, Bodie and SR-4

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Yes, there are still trains you
have to wait for, even in California. 
US-395 south of Ridgecrest.
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, US-395 by Owen's
Dry Lake (not the one east of 
San Jose, Costa Rica)
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A break at the Eastern Sierra 
Visitor Center Rest Area. What 
you see when you lay down on 
one of the picnic tables.
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A more horizontal view from the 
Eastern Sierra Visitor Center 
Rest Area.
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The climb on Whitney 
Portal Road.  
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The view to Owen's Dry Lake 
below. Note the dust kicked up 
from the wind across the lakebed.
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The star of the show takes 
a break amongst the pines.
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A blue jay takes notice 
of our snacks.
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Lisa finds the local birds 
eager to grab a bite of food. 
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Looks like someone else 
might come by for a snack 
if we stick around too long!
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The map pocket got  some relief 
from the crosswinds with a little 
help from these bungees.
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Jack needs a new mouth 
after the morning drizzle. 
He's seen the trip plan and is 
now having second thoughts 
about hitching on a dual-sport.
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Our room at the El Rancho Motel. 
Never far from work, we're right 
below a Verizon microwave  
tower. Good coverage!
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Surrounded by mountains on 
two sides, Bishop at dusk is
remarkable. It was still light as 
we walked back from the 
movie theater.

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