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pashnit 09-24-2007 07:51 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
Tinker and her Harley. Btw, her real name is Leslie (just don't tell anyone :gotcha), but she got the nickname Tinker (ie Tinkerbell), and no one knows her real name anymore. :stooges

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...nkerHarley.jpg


Tinker atop Monitor Pass - more Wow!

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg


Sonny on the RC51 he got on eBay :D

Sonny has just moved to California and this was his first exposure to all the sights and heights that are all now in his backyard. :clap

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...2448_Sonny.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 07:57 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
:love :foto :love :foto :love :foto :love

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg


Tinker on her Harley leads the way :strong across the crest of 8314 ft Monitor Pass

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 08:00 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
Why we ride.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...MonitorTim.jpg


Paul

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._2458_Paul.jpg


Tinker's Harley & Rick's VFR

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._HarleyVFR.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 08:02 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
And a ride for that Pashnit Guy :nod

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg


Version 2.0 :D

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...orPassBusa.jpg

One more for the busa fans. :foto

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._2468_Busa.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 08:27 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
My cover shot

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg


Monitor Pass as it descends to Hwy 395

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg


Hwy 89 starts here, and rides north all the way across the northeastern portion of California

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...onitorPass.jpg


Later that evening... top case pulling double duty :D :2thumbsup

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...485_Cooler.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 08:35 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
Next day... we'd done a bit of twisty mountain roads by then.

We noticed this. More Wow! And so Bob headed off a few miles down the road to get a new tire. Yes, he made it fine, although don't try this at home. Trained professional on closed course. :nod

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...2487_Cords.jpg


And it seems Steve on the FJR would be in need of a new pair of boots too. I think those are his socks. :hehe :harhar

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._2488_Boot.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 08:47 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
Another day meant another pass... The 8574 ft Carson Pass atop Hwy 88 near Kirkwood

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...CarsonPass.jpg

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...2503_Bikes.jpg

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...CarsonPass.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 08:52 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
And now for the biggest Wow! of all... had something special planned for the tour group.

I took the riders up to Big Hill Lookout at 6132 ft, a fire lookout & fire attack base, along Ice House Rd. Yep, that road is paved to the top, and anyone can come up here. This is the southerly view, in that valley in the near distance is Hwy 50, main throughfare b/n Sacramento & South Lake Tahoe. You would never know this lookout is even here.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...illLookout.jpg

The pics are a paltry attempt to show what it's like to be up at the Big Hill Fire Lookout and have everything on all sides below you. On the clearest of days, you can see across the entire state. We could make out Mt Hamilton & Mt Diablo in the Bay Area from here.

Looking eastward, Lake Tahoe is just over the other side of the Crystal Range... That's Union Valley Reservoir (4800 ft) below.
Loon Lake is in the mountains over there too, and the launch point of all the jeepers and their rock crawling the Sierra.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...illLookout.jpg


Southeasterly view, the pointy peak in the middle is Pyramid Peak, el 9983 ft, one of the most visible landmarks in this part of the Sierra Nevada.
The lake is Ice House Reservoir, along which Wrights Lake Rd (paved) connects back to Hwy 50 near FR 71 (also paved).

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...illLookout.jpg

For those that might head up here, Big Hill Rd is located about 3 miles from the crest when Ice House Rd ascends out of the valley from Hwy 50. Robbs Resort is nearby.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...ap_labeled.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 09:01 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
Westerly view- the ridgeline at right is Wentworth Springs Rd.

You can see the fireline of the last massive forest fire that burned this entire area- the Cleveland Fire which burned 24,000 acres in 1992. The fire was so big, it burned all the structures on this hilltop including the fire lookout. The patches are from logging.


Not a bad place to do a chin up or two. The fast response firefighters are stationed here.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...ChinUpView.jpg

pashnit 09-24-2007 09:04 PM

Re: The Wow Factor... A Sierra Nevada Motorcycle Tour
 
Their mode of transportation. The helo that is.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._2524_Helo.jpg

packs all ready to go at moments notice!

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._2530_Helo.jpg

So out walks Phil Ketel (bald dude in red with beard), the pilot of the helo, and we all start chatting. He tells us all about the Bell 214, this one is specially built for firefighting, and privately owned. Only 3 like it in the world he says, looks like a Huey, but not so fast.

The blades are 3 feet wide, and cost $350,000 apiece. (two per copter ;)) This baby uses 150 gallons of fuel per hour from 5 gas tanks positioned all around aircraft into a Rolls Royce engine. Aloft time is about 2 hours.

Turns out Phil is also a member of the Pashnit Forum. Hi Phil! :clap I get to meet these 20,000 members where ever we go. :D

Asked Phil how he got to be the top dog up here, he said he started out as a mechanic on Helos at 17, and been climbing up the chain ever since. These guys are private contractors too, not USFS, and they can travel all over the US to fight fires. Asked about his longest flight, said he flew this copter to Florida nonstop (remember, flight time is only 2 hours), took couple days, lotsa refueling. :muscles

This Bell 214 B1 helicopter was built by Helimax Aviation, which make specialty heavy lift helos for the construction industry. Phil mentioned this helicopter has done everything from lift HVAC units onto buildings to pour concrete.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2..._2533_Helo.jpg


While the helo hovers 50 feet over the ground near the fire, the firefighter (this guy) fast rope out of the copter with just boots and gloves, no safety lines, nuttin! They attach the rope like this, throw on the packs, and zippity do da out the aircraft! Guys on the ground in seconds Phil said.

http://www.pashnittours.com/photos/2...loFastRope.jpg


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