March 18, 2013
After yesterday’s ride, I feel like I have now seen about everything on this journey.
My ride Northeast on Highway 88 through the Sierra mountain range brought me significant altitude gain, which peaked at 8,000 feet, and bone chilling cold. I bulked up with clothes and really enjoyed the day.
I love the High Sierra. I have this slide show on my website that I made with many of my favorite photos from this area.
Below are some High Sierra photos from this trip. There is an interesting story behind the third photo. This is a photo of the Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail. This trail was blazed in 1848 by discharged members of the Mormon Battalion who were traveling east to rejoin their families after fighting in the Mexican-American War. Five hundred Mormon volunteers served in the U.S. Army in that war. When they were discharged from the Army, 100 members worked for John Sutter in the winter in the Sacramento area to raise money to obtain supplies. Forty-five men and one woman turned their backs on the newly discovered gold fields and headed east for Great Salt Lake Valley with 17 wagons, 2 cannons, 150 horses and mules and 150 cattle. They crossed these rugged mountains on trackless trails bound for hearth and home. Pretty impressive!
I stayed in Bridgeport last night and should be home tonight.