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California - via the mountains (Part 1)

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

So, me and my Virgin colleagues set forth on another cycling adventure. This time, we set out to ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles via Truckee, Lake Tahoe, Bridgeport, Bishop, Lone Pine, Death Valley, Ridgecrest, Mojave and Malibu. Unlike the coastal route, this was to be via the Sierra mountain range, spending four days above 4000', and hitting a maximum of 8400' over Monitor Pass. October brings fantastic weather to the Sierras, but at those high altitudes the mornings are very cold, yet in Death Valley we could expect temperatures in the mid-thirties. Packing was not easy!