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Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

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Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

We are riding BMWs from San Francisco to Vegas at the end of April and planned on riding the 120 from Yosemite to get onto the 395. I see that the Tioga Pass wont be open till May. We have 2 days to get from Yosemite to Furnace Creek so one overnight stop in between. What is the best route at this time of year from Yosemite to get onto the 395?

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Tim

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1. Re: Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

The prettiest and nicest ride would be 49 north to 88 east and follow into Minden where you can catch 395 South to DV. You might extend the trip a few miles to Lake Tahoe and spend the night there, that's a pretty spot with lots of lodging options.

Have a super ride, it should be just stunning with lots of wild flowers along the route.

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2. Re: Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

Thanks, will 88 be open at the end of April, we're there around the 26th/27th?

Tim

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3. Re: Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

Highway 88 is currently open, but you can keep on eye on road conditions before your ride @:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

Just type in your highway number to get the latest info on road closures/road work, etc.

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4. Re: Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

I agree that Hwy 88 is a great route for your trip. I drove this route a few days ago and found the road is a little rough from all the snow removal damage, so watch out. Also, it is possible that Hwy 89 - Monitor Pass could be open, so that would be a good route through Markleeville for a shortcut to Hwy 395. If it is not open - before you get to Minden, take Hwy 756 as another shortcut over to Hwy 395, unless you want to stop somewhere in Minden/Gardnerville.

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5. Re: Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

Thanks for the advice, we'll track the other routes too. Very helpful. How we've got to decide whether we brave wearing leathers or go with a textile suit with warmer layers!

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6. Re: Riding Motorcycles from Yosemite to Death valley

Thanks very useful, we'll use this link.

Tim

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