After the Pashnit Forums group ride on July 3, Tom (aka Motorrad) and Larry (the Jester formerly known as LWP1200) stayed over, keeping me up like gossiping teen girls, until 2:00am. OK, I’ll admit, I was chatty and carried my part of the conversation well past the first few yawns Tom emitted earlier in the evening. Next morning, we three geared up and headed out to Hwy 49, where Larry headed south on his Mille and Tom & I rode off north, taking the scenic route toward Lake Tahoe.
We had a leisurely ride up through Auburn and Grass Valley and Nevada City on Hwy 49, then jogged west on our way to the Yuba River. This spectacular road, winding along the river to Downieville, sucked us forward like whitewater, impelling us at enviable speeds through very light traffic northeastward. The 4th of July traffic was a very pleasant surprise. Over the entire run of 60 miles or so to Hwy 89, we only had to pass a dozen cars. And I can’t recall passing more than one RV. Note for future reference: Hwy 49 is a gooood run on the 4th of July!
I caught a couple of pix of Tom on the road before we parted ways in Truckee Monday afternoon.
The ride through Truckee down Old Hwy 40, aka Donner Pass Rd., made up for all the missed traffic on Hwy 40. Seven miles through town and past Donner Lake took about half an hour. But the wait was worthwhile. Traffic cleared just past Donner Lake where one encounters a rugged, rocky terrain west of the lake on a good-qualit road that winds its way up a couple thousand feet above the shoreline.
Overlooking Donner Lake... hey, isn’t that the guy from the other photo above??
Lots of watercraft on the lake this July 4th.
Donner Pass Rd.
I followed Donner Pass Road down to where it met the S. Yuba River, some 20 miles southeast of the N. Yuba that Tom and I had burned along earlier in the day. Old Hwy 40 runs along its modern successor, Interstate 80. I decided to explore this less traveled stretch, situated below I-80, for 15 miles or so, between Truckee and Cisco Grove.
At this bridge the river was easily accessible. The gargantuan structure supporting the multiple lanes of I-80 above was quite a sight in the relative silence 100 feet below the superslab.
Tire chains that have fallen from the roadway above.