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   Posted 6/9/2011 2:05 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
nice views, perfect weather, the air is fresh, what more can you ask for. as lou mentioned recently, the snow banks are still about 15 feet high in some spots. although there's no yellow line, some parts of the pass are well paved. other parts are a combination of pot holes, gravel, sand, bumps, tar snake and water (from the melting snow). if one pushes hard enough, one's bike can get some air under it on those bumps. some of the curves are really nice to glide through it in a steady motion. several blind corners and hair pin turns along the way. Some spots are steep, kind of give a roller coaster feel to it. overall, it was a good ride. one of the few roads where riders can have it to themselves. i probably saw about a handful of autos and each and every one of them hug the center of the road on every turn due to its narrow width and tight turns.

lake alpine:



snow bank:


ebbetts pass elevation:


curves:



End point:


more twisties on the way back:
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   Posted 6/9/2011 6:08 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Sweet pics jon. Road conditions look like they could catch you out if you were pushing the limits. Love the snow bank.


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   Posted 6/9/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Nice stuff there Jon yeah  I went over on the 31st, and it was Cold Cold at lake Alpine, that day.
 
The snow banks , Totally dis-orented me this year....for most of the time, I honestly couldn't of said..Where I was on the pass, because nothing looked familiar.   I could of gone right past Mosquito lake...and not known it...except for the turn on the (Eastern) far side, that reopens up the View so dramatically to the East.
 
I do recognize the spot where you took the second picture, with the brownish lump (rock) barely poking out of the snow bank.  It looked so bazar in contrast to the snow.
 
I had planned (yesterday) to go over again today..but..didn't feel perky enough, when I woke up,  to get going.   Gotta do it soon though,  seeing the changes happening, is a rush, in it's self.
 
This shot of (down at 1,000 - 2,000 ft) hot (95 degrees) weather, will get the melt going up there....fun water flowing over the road, and long-ish shallow ponds in the dips where the water can't get out. 


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   Posted 6/9/2011 11:10 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The most surprising thing is the cattle grate in one picture!

We have them around here in the lowlands but surprised to see them up there.
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   Posted 6/9/2011 11:48 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
GAJ said...
The most surprising thing is the cattle grate in one picture!

We have them around here in the lowlands but surprised to see them up there.
 
We have cattle drives over Ebbetts, because the cattle hauling trucks can't make the corners.  There is some free range for them as well.
 
The cattle don't winter up there,  they get moved up there when the grass at the low ranching area's is toast in the late summer (from some ranches, There is a biggie at Copperopolis that has been doing it for so long...the state can't or won't put a stop to it).
 
I'll guarantee....I will not get caught in an on-coming cattle drive again.  I'll turn the bike around, and go back till I encounter a large vehicle headed into it, to run interference...or take another pass, if I have too.
 
But a solid wall of cattle, that have a scared/crazed look in their eyes...and being driven by yippin/yellin, arm flappin cowboys...isn't good.


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   Posted 6/9/2011 12:18 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
louemc said...



But a solid wall of cattle, that have a scared/crazed look in their eyes...and being driven by yippin/yellin, arm flappin cowboys...isn't good.




lol lol
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   Posted 6/9/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Those are some of the best mc pics I have seen on this site! It's a wonder how louemc is still alive after seeing that.

Jon,

Is that a Suz. B-king?
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   Posted 6/9/2011 10:55 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
thanks guys!

el SID: yes, it *could* catch you out. like anything else, common sense is key.

Cerebus: yep, it's a b-king.
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   Posted 6/10/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
el SID said...
Sweet pics jon. Road conditions look like they could catch you out if you were pushing the limits. Love the snow bank.

It's a piece a cake lol ,Ya see what it is, and Ya know what ya gotta do and can do and come up with what Ya do, do.
 
Always with the "don't let this turn into do do", running in the background lol

I just got back from riding over Ebbetts (Actually not home yet, popped into a Library that is close to home).

Beautiful weather today....and got a "high sign" that a cop was up ahead...dropped down to 53 MPH  (felt like I could hop off the bike and run along side at that speed)  and went past the cop in the bushes at a legal speed.  What a nice day. smilewinkgrin


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   Posted 6/10/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Now you know around the terrain where Lou rides & yes it is beautiful.  I also know one of the main reasons for most of the lower parts of the fairing be removed for he will hike it off to some part in the bush to make it comfortable for the day or two or three.  Obviously not a in city rider or pavement only.


Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you.

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   Posted 6/15/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
jon said...
thanks guys!

el SID: yes, it *could* catch you out. like anything else, common sense is key.

Cerebus: yep, it's a b-king.
Just got back from todays, Ebbetts pass ride...Love Love Love, the way it is different everytime.
 
Now the road above Lake Alpine and down the other side...has mega broken pavement spots, with loose gravel scattered out from the broken "pothole".  Some large rocks and gobs of small rocks have fallen from the rock walls along side the road..onto the road....Lots of water running over the road now,as the melt has spiked with this heat wave in the "valley".
 
Oddly enough, it was kicking my ass on the way over to Markleeville....but after hanging out over there for a couple hours...and a group of riders I hadn't seen for a year or two showed up, and I knocked back some Coffee Ice Cream..the race face went on...and I hammered the return trip lol
 
Oh, the snow banks have receeded, big time, so line of sight distances are much much better.


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   Posted 6/15/2011 6:52 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
So in other words... fun in the sun. sounds like a enticing bit of challenging fun. Never under estimate the power of ice cream. Rock slides,actually had one hit our car one time when I was a kid. want to say it was in Tennessee,anyway freaked me out,that would be a worry,Id get over it.


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   Posted 6/15/2011 8:53 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
louemc said...
jon said...

thanks guys!

el SID: yes, it *could* catch you out. like anything else, common sense is key.

Cerebus: yep, it's a b-king.
Just got back from todays, Ebbetts pass ride...Love Love Love, the way it is different everytime.


Now the road above Lake Alpine and down the other side...has mega broken pavement spots, with loose gravel scattered out from the broken "pothole". Some large rocks and gobs of small rocks have fallen from the rock walls along side the road..onto the road....Lots of water running over the road now,as the melt has spiked with this heat wave in the "valley".



Oddly enough, it was kicking my ass on the way over to Markleeville....but after hanging out over there for a couple hours...and a group of riders I hadn't seen for a year or two showed up, and I knocked back some Coffee Ice Cream..the race face went on...and I hammered the return trip lol



Oh, the snow banks have receeded, big time, so line of sight distances are much much better.


cool, good to know. cool
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   Posted 6/17/2011 10:54 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
jon said...
louemc said...
jon said...

thanks guys!

el SID: yes, it *could* catch you out. like anything else, common sense is key.

Cerebus: yep, it's a b-king.
Just got back from todays, Ebbetts pass ride...Love Love Love, the way it is different everytime.


Now the road above Lake Alpine and down the other side...has mega broken pavement spots, with loose gravel scattered out from the broken "pothole". Some large rocks and gobs of small rocks have fallen from the rock walls along side the road..onto the road....Lots of water running over the road now,as the melt has spiked with this heat wave in the "valley".



Oddly enough, it was kicking my ass on the way over to Markleeville....but after hanging out over there for a couple hours...and a group of riders I hadn't seen for a year or two showed up, and I knocked back some Coffee Ice Cream..the race face went on...and I hammered the return trip lol



Oh, the snow banks have receeded, big time, so line of sight distances are much much better.


cool, good to know. cool
I expect to go over Tioga pass (Thats hwy120 through Yosemite, for non-Californians), Monday...It's promised to Open Saturday Morning @ 8:00...so the weekenders can have it Sat-Sun...I'll do it Mon.   (in my friends SUV)


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   Posted 6/17/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
louemc said...
jon said...



louemc said...



jon said...


thanks guys!

el SID: yes, it *could* catch you out. like anything else, common sense is key.

Cerebus: yep, it's a b-king.
Just got back from todays, Ebbetts pass ride...Love Love Love, the way it is different everytime.


Now the road above Lake Alpine and down the other side...has mega broken pavement spots, with loose gravel scattered out from the broken "pothole". Some large rocks and gobs of small rocks have fallen from the rock walls along side the road..onto the road....Lots of water running over the road now,as the melt has spiked with this heat wave in the "valley".



Oddly enough, it was kicking my ass on the way over to Markleeville....but after hanging out over there for a couple hours...and a group of riders I hadn't seen for a year or two showed up, and I knocked back some Coffee Ice Cream..the race face went on...and I hammered the return trip



Oh, the snow banks have receeded, big time, so line of sight distances are much much better.


cool, good to know.
I expect to go over Tioga pass (Thats hwy120 through Yosemite, for non-Californians), Monday...It's promised to Open Saturday Morning @ 8:00...so the weekenders can have it Sat-Sun...I'll do it Mon. (in my friends SUV)


doing the tioga pass trip on "Monday" is a good idea. if i climbed ebbetts pass on the weekend instead of a wednesday, it probably wouldn't be as enjoyable due to more traffic, le, etc.
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   Posted 6/17/2011 7:16 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
For sure...the passing is way more difficult with the snow banks shortened sight lines...and water on the road, complications.
So No other vehicle is the Wonderful...That's another great part about Ebbetts...hardly anyone goes over it.

Most everyone that just wants to get to the other side if the Sierra, takes a pass with a center line (that would be all the other passes), or if they are normal camp and fish types they stop at Lake Alpine on the West side ..Or Carson River on the East side.


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   Posted 6/18/2011 8:30 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Neat shots Jon!

It's been years since we were out there. Wonderful nature and challenging roads.


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   Posted 6/20/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
thanks RD!
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   Posted 7/14/2011 3:39 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

Not sure how I missed this Jon?

Super great pics .. Very beautiful. How did the bike do on the trip? I’m surprised at the snow banks, do they ever completely melt lol? I’ve always wanted to visit this area, such a haven for twisty fun riding. I once told Lou I wanted to come out for a visit, get him to take me on a tour.

Gotta say the bike is looking groovy!! I’m loving the color and paint. smilewinkgrin


      

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   Posted 7/14/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The road surface on Ebbetts, is super clean right now. Last Weekend a major bicycle event called Death ride (The A group does 4 passes) was held and Cal-Trans swept the road free of all gravel/dirt that had been accumulating.

I'm going up tomorrow. Last week the only place there was still snow close to the road was right at Mosquito lake.
The whole mountain is waking up to people visiting it. The flat land has been in the low triple digits (heat wise) so those people are very motivated to go up to where it's cool.


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   Posted 7/14/2011 8:22 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

You’re a tease Lou :p

Don’t you know we’re having a dangerous heat wave down in the south? Riding up into some fresh cool mountains sounds perfectly tempting. Ahhhh ..  feel the breeze, it feels most exciting haha.


      

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   Posted 7/14/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
southspice said...
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<FONT color=blue>Super great pics .. Very beautiful. How did the bike do on the trip? I’m surprised at the snow banks, do they ever completely melt lol? I’ve always wanted to visit this area, such a haven for twisty fun riding. I once told Lou I wanted to come out for a visit, get him to take me on a tour.




thanks ss! the king did great as usual.
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   Posted 7/15/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
southspice said...

You’re a tease Lou :p

Don’t you know we’re having a dangerous heat wave down in the south? Riding up into some fresh cool mountains sounds perfectly tempting. Ahhhh ..  feel the breeze, it feels most exciting haha.

It would only be a "Tease" if the Sierra wasn't here, when You got here, after I'd said it was here lol


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snow in june......we could only wish. its so freaking hot here that there are a lot of motorcycle "riders" taking the car instead of riding.


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   Posted 7/18/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
jclax01 said...
snow in june......


one of the rare times where some ski resorts in the sierra were open during july 4th weekend thanks to the late rain season.

jclax, besides high temps, must also be very humid where you're at too, no???
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