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June Lake Loop in July

The last weekend in July we camped at Oh! Ridge campground at June Lake, California. The view from our campground was gorgeous with all the late season snow on the Sierra.

While our friends Catherine and Brian took our son out kayaking on the lake, Stan and I were able to ride the  June Lake Loop on our road bikes. From the campground we rode through the town of June Lake, at the south end of the lake and then turned north at the base of the Sierra. We got a great view of Horsetail Falls, which was flowing profusely! I forgot my camera on the bike ride so I took  photos the next day when we drove out in our motor home. The white you see on the mountain is actually a water fall.

After passing Horsetail Falls, we passed Gull Lake and Silver Lake and then Grant Lake, which we were told was the fullest it had been in 30 years. Saturday morning was a nice time to ride – not many motor homes or trailers on the June Lake Loop.

After Grant Lake, we got a nice view over the Mono Lake valley on our descent to US 395. We turned onto 395 and had about 6 miles to ride back to the June Lake Junction. There was a nice wide shoulder, so although there was a lot of traffic with a lot of motor homes and trailers, it was still a nice ride.

When we turned south onto US 395, we were able to look west at the stunning view of the Sierra. I was so mad I forgot my camera. Our ride was 25 miles with 1553 ft of climbing. We did it in 1 and 3/4 hours. Another option would have been to go west from our campground at the beginning of the ride. That would have been a little climb over a pass at the north end of June Lake. We drove that way the next day and we could see that it would have been a great ride.

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Somersett Sierra Challenge Ride to Defeat ALS

The Somersett Sierra Challenge Ride to Defeat ALS is tomorrow! My mother died of ALS 16 years ago at the age of 62. I did this ride for the first time last year, and it was this ride that got me back on my road bike after about 15 years off. This year, I volunteered to help the race director. Today, I will be placing course markers on part of the course. I’m taking my 9-year-old son and his best friend along to help – it should be interesting….stay tuned!

Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for a high of 90 degrees F. The 82 mile ride starts at 6:30 am, which means we should have temperatures below 70 degrees for nearly half of the ride! There are also 30 and 50 mile options. There are well-spaced well-stocked rest stops, full sag support, a gourmet lunch afterward, a fun raffle, and a silent auction for an autographed HTC Columbia jersey. There is still time to sign up – until 6 pm today (8/20/10). Click here to register.

I am doing the ride to raise funds for ALS research – there is still no cure. I have nearly matched last year’s fund-raising dollars, but I set my goal higher this year and I have not quite reached it. Please consider helping me out here.

And if you’re still thinking about riding tomorrow, here’s the maps of the 3 rides to help you decide!

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/ALS-Challenge-82mi-6000ft

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/ALS-Half-Century-50mi-2600-2010

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/ALS-33mi-2200-2010

You can do the 30 mile ride with very little climbing – there will be a sag wagon to take you back up the hill to Somersett.

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