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Mono County

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  • Day36

    Devil's gate to Mono Lake

    October 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Another day, another canyon road. The other day I was asked if I get bored of riding. But how can I get bored when I see so many cool things and meet so many nice and interesting people?
    We left our host John and his dog Lukey after breakfast and climbed on highway 395 which led through a nice canyon along Walker River up to "Devil's Gate". For lunch, we stopped in Bridgeport in front of the grocery store. There were actually some nice old houses from the 19th century. In the afternoon, we had to climb again. Up at the summit, we were flashed by stunning views of Mono Lake and the craters surrounding it. The lake is quite special: as water levels decrease, stalagmites are getting visible. We continued cycling to Lee Vining where we tried the famous tacoes at the gas station - yummy! On the last few kilometers to our campground, we already got a "warning" regarding the next day: Steep grades up Tioga Pass. But as it's only difficult for trailers, we should have an easy climb by bike 🤔 We tried to sleep as high as possible the night in order to have an easier climb in the morning. It was pretty cold already at about 2300m. Luckily, we could warm up at Olivia's and Philippe's fire before heading to bed.Read more

  • Day35

    Cycling to John in Walker

    October 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    This morning, we decided it was too cold and windy to cook breakfast at our campspot. So we cycled to Markleeville and had yummy breakfast burritos and lattes instead.
    Our route then took us along the last stretch of highway 89 - probably also the most beautiful one: Monitor Pass. It was actually quite tough with an average of 8% climb over about 14km. But we really enjoyed the views. At the summit, we could see into deserty Nevada - and again, it looks like a different world. The diversity is what we like best about cycling in the US: You climb a pass and behind, there's something new.
    The rest of the day was an easy, very fast downhill until we reached highway 395 which then led to Walker, where we stay with our host John.
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  • Day4

    Mammoth Lakes and around

    September 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We met a pug in a pushchair this morning on our way to breakfast, together with his blanket and a sulky expression. It’s owner smiled apologetically and said “ sorry he’s a bit grumpy, he’s tired and wants to go home’. Words fail me. On enquiry, It now appears that a lot of California hotels have a pet friendly policy and if like me you are allergic to dog and cat dander, you need to request a “pet free room”.
    Point to note for the future!! Peter has his hackles up, there’s nothing he likes more than a good wrangle. I sense future check ins could be interesting.
    All that aside, the rest of the day went swimmingly. Mammoth Lakes is a small town heavily into winter sports and hiking and cycling during the summer. We took a ride up the Gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain. The 360 degree view of the mountain peaks was stunning and we watched the bikers launch themselves down seemingly vertical drops. I was seriously impressed. Bikes are loaded on to a specially adapted trailer behind a shuttle bus in town to the base of the mountain and then they are transported up the mountain by gondola. There are of course less challenging trails all over the area. Mammoth mountain is situated on the edge of an enormous volcanic caldera and the area is very lively in volcanic terms. The National Geographic Survey has instruments all over the mountain and results are instantly fed to their headquarters for analysis. How do I know all this? There was a lot of information and a gentleman explaining it all at the summit. It was fascinating-well to me anyway-Peter glazed after a few minutes! We returned to ground level, well 8000ft above sea level that is and took the shuttle bus down the valley to hike (American for walk!) to the National Monument The Devil’s Postpile. It was a beautiful afternoon and the trail through the alpine woods was perfection. Chipmunks and squirrels flitted across the path and birds twittered all around, including a bright blue Stella’s Jay. A group of three young Indians came striding past us (they were young!) and one turned to Peter and said ‘You from South Africa?’ I should explain Peter was wearing a cricket sun hat he had bought In Capetown. There followed an animated cricket discussion for the next few minutes at the end of which Peter’s new friend requested a photo to put on his cricket friends Facebook page - a star is born!
    We found the Devil’s Postpile some five minutes later. It is a carbon copy of the structure of the Giants Causeway, in that we are looking at
    hexagonal shaped tubes of black basalt. I should add it is an extremely rare occurrence worldwide and a most unusual find on a walk in the woods! We walked back to the rangers station to catch the shuttle bus back to the Gondola station where we had parked our car and as a finishing point to a great day espied a young coyote in undergrowth on the side of the road. Dinner tonight was in a microbrewery with a tasting programme. Someone’s cup runneth over.
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  • Day3

    Yosemite in a day Mammoth Lakes

    June 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    On the road at 7.00am to Madera, Oakhurst and into Yosemite. The drive out through what appeared to be beef country with rolling hills.
    After Oakhurst we rapidly climbed into the mountains. Narrow roads Sequoia and pine forests.

    Our first stop was Glacier point at around 7000 feet.
    Absolutely brilliant geography. This are is an extinct glacier and the remaking granite features dominate the landscape. Features such as Half Dome, El Capitain, Tunnelview, Bridalvale Falls and the list goes on.

    This is a very popular hiking area and there where plenty of them out today.

    The road wound back down to Yosemite Village where we saw a different perspective of the features above. The village had a great information centre with amazing geological displays.

    With our destination being Mammoth lakes we carried on across Tioga Pass and again the scenery was mind blowing.

    We stopped at Tenaya Lake where temptation got to me and I had my highest altitude swim 8130 feet. Air temp 10 degrees, water temp bloody freezing.

    Arrived at Mammoth at 5.30 ready for a shower and dinner.

    A really great day and Yosemite will be done again one day.
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  • Day47

    Yosemite. Nochmal. Kurz.

    October 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ -8 °C

    Nachdem wir unseren Kaffee getrunken hatten, entschlossen wir uns dazu nochmal in den Park zurückzufahren. Zumindest wollten wir das. Wir verfuhren uns nochmal - statt Richtung Park, Richtung Las Vegas. Schön bescheuert.😅 Nach kurzem hin und her, ob wir jetzt nicht einfach weiterfahren sollten, wo wir doch schon auf der richtigen Straße sind, fuhren wir dann doch nochmal den Weg zurück. Und es lohnte sich. Wir sind nicht sonderlich viel rumgelaufen, es war schweiiiinekalt! Wir zogen uns nur kurz Jacke und Mütze an und gingen 100 Meter zu nem hübschen See. Reichte als Morgenspaziergang. 😅 Den Rest Schönheit haben wir vom Auto aus bestaunt. Konnten gar nicht fassen, was wir da im Dunkeln alles durchkreuzt haben, ein seeehr schöner Park! Wenngleich ziemlich überlaufen, da er recht klein ist.

    Wir steuerten Route 120 an - ich sage bewusst "steuerten an", weil wir uns ein weiteres Mal verfahren hatten. Die Strecke, die wir zuvor für die richtige hielten, war doch falsch. 😅
    Google maps zeigte uns für die Strecke Yosemite - Las Vegas eine Fahrtzeit von etwa 5 Std an. Wir fuhren gegen 10 los, befanden uns allerdings selbst um 15 Uhr immernoch erst dort, wo man laut Maps schon nach einer Std sein sollte. 😂 Wir waren also vollends damit beschäftigt uns über die uuunglaubliche Landschaft zu freuen! Es war wirklich einfach krass super geil! Das sind Weiten und Farben, omg! Wunder wunderschön!! Las Vegas haben wir gegen 19 Uhr erreicht. Und da es tagsüber bereits wirklich kalt war, wollten wir definitiv kein weiteres Mal im Auto schlafen. Unser Plan war irgendwo zu abendbroten und währenddessen nach einem günstigen Hostel zu suchen oder - falls zu teuer - die Nacht durchzufeiern. In der Tat bekamen wir aber noch ein Doppelzimmer für 15$ pro Person! Wieder mal Schwein gehabt!😌☘️
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  • Day14

    Ghost Town Bodie

    September 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    When there is no more gold to find....impressive travel in the past.

  • Day6

    Mono Lake/Tioga Pass/Yosemite

    July 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Kurz vor dem Yosemite mussten wir noch einmal kurz anhalten, da uns auf der rechten Seite ein riesiger See „Mono Lake“ begrüßte. Paar Fotos gemacht, Aussicht genossen und weiter ging es in Richtung Nationalpark. Vor dem „Tioga Pass“ haben wir noch einmal kurz den Rüssel in den Tank gehalten, ehe es weiterging. Direkt nach der Tankstelle folgte schon der „Tioga Pass“. Der Pass ist tatsächlich nicht zu jeder Jahreszeit geöffnet, da er ziemlich steil und eng ist. Juli hat den Pass aber ziemlich gut gemeistert. Links und rechts Berge, die mit Schnee bedeckt sind, Seen, die auf einmal auftauchen und einen nur faszinieren lassen. Oben angekommen, folgte direkt die Einfahrt zum Yosemite und was nun folgte, sucht seinesgleichen.

    Als würden wir durch ein perfekt gemaltes Landschaftsbuch fahren. Alles grün, links und rechts Seen, Bäche die fließen, im Vordergrund schneebedeckte Berge, an denen Wasserfälle in die Tiefe stürzen. So etwas Schönes haben wir bislang noch nicht gesehen. Man möchte einfach überall anhalten und diese landschaftliche Schönheit in sich hineinsaugen. Wir müssen komplett 70 Meilen durch den Yosemite, um zu unserem Hotel, welches in Mariposa Valley liegt, zu gelangen. Nach den ganzen Seen und Bächen fahren wir durch dicht besiedelte Wälder. Überall sind Hinweisschilder zu lesen: „Animal crossing“, wo Bären drauf abgebildet sind. Einfach nur fantastisch und ein Traum. Nachdem rings um uns herum nur Wald zusehen war, erstreckte Er sich, der „El Capitan“. Der Felsen im Yosemite und mein Zielfoto. Hoffentlich wird es was! 😍
    Zum Glück haben wir drei Übernachtungen im Yosemite Nationalpark! Unsere Anreise zum Hotel in Mariposa schien nicht enden zu wollen. Gefühlt mussten wir durch den ganzen Nationalpark. Tatsächlich haben wir anschließend gelesen, dass der „Tioga Pass“ zu den schönsten Zufahrten zum Yosemite gehört. Wir sind im Osten reingefahren, quer durch und im Südwesten Richtung Mariposa wieder raus.
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  • Day455

    Mono Lake

    August 9, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Im wüstenhaften Südwesten Kaliforniens ist seit jeher das Wasser knapp. Besonders die Metropolregion Los Angeles mit ihren 17,8 Millionen Einwohnern hat großen Durst. Deshalb wurde bereits 1941 eine 520 km lange Pipeline gebaut, die Trinkwasser aus dem Einzugsgebiet des Mono Lake in die große Stadt leitet. Dadurch sank der Wasserspiegel des Sees erheblich, und unter Wasser entstandene, bizarre Kalktuff-Gebilde wurden sichtbar ...Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mono County, مقاطعة مونو, Моно, মোনো কাউন্টি, Condado de Mono, Mono maakond, Mono konderria, شهرستان مونو، کالیفرنیا, Comté de Mono, 莫諾縣, Mono megye, Մոնո շրջան, Contea di Mono, モノ郡, Mono Comitatus, Mono, Mono Kūn, Hrabstwo Mono, مونو کاؤنٹی, Округ Моно, مونو کاؤنٹی، کیلیفورنیا, Quận Mono, Condado han Mono, 莫诺县

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