Today’s miles: 477.2 (Total: 1140.6)
One of the most awesome things about today is the sheer variety. A short 100-mile drive got me to San Francisco before 7:30 in the morning, and I visited a viewpoint over the Golden Gate Bridge and then drove across it and relaxed on a beach for a while.
Then I went from sea level at 9 am to about 8000 feet by 5 pm. But first, a long boring drive across California.
I stopped at a rock and mineral shop in the middle of nowhere and bought a few fossils.
I stopped at a seedy restaurant for a drink and some crappy food.
At last I arrived at Yosemite National Park and got stuck in an incredibly slow line of cars that took half an hour to move a couple miles. One tiny silver lining: I was able to take a bunch of cool pictures from my truck while waiting to move forward another twenty feet.
After a way-too-long tour of the valley, I headed up to Glacier Point, which was much nicer, less crowded. I got some pictures and then sat there for a while.
I departed Yosemite about dinner time, totally forgot about dinner, and drove to a Walmart in Sonora, CA. There I bought a new air mattress because once again I forgot to let air out of my old one before climbing 8000 feet of elevation.
Now I’m at the Applebee’s across from Walmart with beer and mozzarella sticks, because it’s happy hour and I’m hungry.
Tomorrow I’ll be in Nevada for a bit before returning to California for one more night here. The brief visit to Nevada isn’t by choice; blame the crazy winter that dumped 77% more snow than normal on the mountains. The high passes aren’t clear yet, so I have to go all the way up to Lake Tahoe to get around them.