R1200GS Adventure Ride – Sierra Mountains
I left home on Friday morning at around 8:30am, and was at Donner Pass Rd about 10 miles west of Truckee on I-80. Took a right turn on Donner Pass Rd heading south, and was off-pavement in less than 10 minutes. I spend the next 3 – 4 hours leisurely riding off-road, stopping at every corner to smell the roses (figure of speech) and even met a small group of bikers who made their way from N. Sacramento to Lake Tahoe on dirt roads. The riding was pretty easy with the occasional stretch of somewhat rockie path (no big deal). The big news is…I finally dropped the bike…I was in the middle of a tight left turn when the front wheel cough a rock and the bike dumped on its left side. Surprisingly I was actually smiling…I finally had a chance to pick this beast…which was not that bad.
Once I got on pavement, I visited a couple of camp sites looking for one with a lake near by…found one…took a short swim/shower in it…built my camp…cooked dinner…went to bed.
The 2nd day of the ride I spent mostly on pavement riding on route 88 to route 89 to route 4. I did get off the pavement once in a while to check out lakes and other things, but the scenery was so amazing on these 3 roads, that I did not mind at all being on pavement. One thing to note, Highland Lake is a “must see again” next time that I am in the area. It was very easy to get too, and so nice once I got there…I really want to spend the night camping there next time.
The 3rd day was simply hauling ass back home, I stuck my headphones in my ears, put some classic Rock & Role on my iPod, started riding at around 10am, and was home by about 2pm. This was actually a fun ride, and what made it fun was my highway pegs that enable me to almost lay back on the bike…dangerous…but comfortable and fun (F$%# dangerous).