Trip Miles 98 miles
In our desire to see more of each state we visit, we were actively looking for alternative to going up Interstate 5. Longtime readers already know that I really dislike driving on the interstate highways. Interstate is very intense driving and space management keeps you from seeing any of the scenery-. if there is such a thing on an interstate corridor.
For these reasons, we choose a route which will take us from Bakersfield up state highway 178 to Lake Isabella, and from there continuing east over to US 395.
|California Route 178 Rocks hang over into your lane|
|Ghost Town recreation at Bodfish, CA|
|Cabins original to this area at Bodfish|
|Miners Cabin at Bodfish|
This one is supposedly a miners cabin, and it looks very much like I'd expect one to look. We toured the site for a few minutes and also the antique shop that adjoins the "Town".
|Lake Isabella, CA|
The highway from Lake Isabella over to 395 is wide and fairly flat gaining only about 500 feet in elevation
I has been windy since we left the lake, however it has been a tailwind in our favor. Once we reached 395 and turned north, the wind became a side wind, and the gusts were very strong.
|CHP issues a high wind advisory and closed down US 395 at Pearsonville spilling us out into the desert|
|At home in the desert- here for the night|
|Lone Pine, CA|
|A Panorama of the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mts.|
|Lee Vining, CA "Gateway to Yosemite"|
The small town of Lee Vining, is well positioned at the eastern portal to Yosemite National Park, on the shores of nearby Mono Lake, and a few miles from the famous ghost town, Bodie.
The road to Yosemite is closed due to snow this time of year and Bodie is a State Park and is currently closed for a survey of possible earthquake damage from an earthquake centered around Hawthorne, NV.
Rats! We really wanted to visit Bodie.
By the time we arrived in Bishop we were plenty hungry, and we'd heard about Erick Schat's Bakery and wanted to eat there. We were not allowed to film in the interior of the bakery, but suffice to say it is jammed with all kinds of baked goods on racks and in cases in every square foot. We both had sandwiches and soup both of which were delicious. We bought a loaf of raisin bread, and their famous sheepherder's white bread to take home with us. Bishop is a pretty little town and I want to come back and spend some time here.
Just outside of Bishop, the highway starts to climb, I mean really climb. We are geared down and pedal down to keep 35 mph. The grade rises 1765 feet in less than 6 miles
|Near Bishop, CA|
|Conway Summit 8143 feet highest point on US 395|
|US 395 through Inyo National Forest|
The first tall timber we have seen on our trip north- big Ponderosa pines.
We arrive in Carson City for the night. We checked into Silver City RV Park and enjoy the sunshine. As soon as the sun sets it will get cold up here at 4,800 feet.
Your Traveling Friends
Jeff and Joan