Mid-Week Rides: Porterville Camp-out

Photos and comments from Chris

We took this picture just for Burns....

We took this picture just for Burns….

We took this picture just for Burns….

A close study may explain why the picture’s blurry…the tripod was drinking perhaps?

Beining was already ‘tucked-in’.

It was my new ride's maiden voyage...

It was my new ride’s maiden voyage…

It was my new ride’s maiden voyage…

Owned for almost a month, during which it got about 25 miles of use. Monday started a three-day romp and shake-down. Learned that I need a new battery (Tom, you still sitting on one?), head-lamp adjuster and taller windscreen.

Pretty country!

Pretty country!

Pretty country!

When Brother Burns introduced us to this country is was dry (good), but brown. This trip we had cold spit camping at Bass Lake one night, and a pretty steady rain the next at Porterville. We’ve had so much rain we’re still waiting for it to stop…but boy, wildflowers galore - all colors/types.

Spectacular scenery

Spectacular scenery

Spectacular scenery
Flatlanders can appreciate this country

Flatlanders can appreciate this country

Flatlanders can appreciate this country
Backroads here go on forever

Backroads here go on forever

Backroads here go on forever

These are all Sierra Nevada ‘foothills’, East & Southeast of Fresno.

By now you've got the idea

By now you’ve got the idea

By now you’ve got the idea
Really steep terrain

Really steep terrain

Really steep terrain

We got through Tulare County foothills and into King’s County too! We even rode into Kings Canyon, but just. It was both high, cold and snowbound.

Jon carried two GPS units

Jon carried two GPS units

Jon carried two GPS units

He could always tell us where we were, but not where to go (generally). At one ‘T’ intersection, three differently named roads converged - confusing even when armed with a decent map. Randy had lots of good maps - from his LAST ride. Hmnnn!

Yokkel Road

Yokkel Road

Yokkel Road

Or was it Yokkim? About 25 miles of this, you can see part of the road high-right. It was here we picked-up another rider, Rich a practicing attorney out of Gardnerville NV who quite by chance caught up with us hours latter at the night’s camp.

While camped at the lake..

While camped at the lake..

While camped at the lake..

just outside Porterville… Beining had this ‘camp follower’ drop-in on him (Literally! From an overhead tree). It’s a little one too!