A few weeks back I posted that my wife, Loralee graciously agreed to our first overnight trip on the Versys to celebrate 15 years of marriage. I am happy to report, the she loved the ride, and is looking forward to another 15 years of marriage, and another trip! That being said, what follows is my first attempt at a trip report. Forgive me if the words are not eloquent and if the photos are not up to snuff.
Friday August 6th - Clovis, CA to Sequoia National Park
The plan today was to leave Clovis, CA and take highway 180 east to pick up highway 63. Sure, the direct route down highway 99 would have been quicker, but I really wanted to take the wife out on some of the back roads to enjoy the rolling hills and being out in nature.
The wife and the Versys ready to hit the road.
All the trip planning I did was pretty accurate, but should have made a stop at Orange Cove. Orange Cove was only 45 minutes out from our house, so I thought we could push it all the way down to Visalia - big mistake. The wife’s hind quarters got a bit tired pushing another 30 minutes to Visalia. Lesson learned there! Have ordered a ProPad to make it a bit more comfortable the next time out.
Wife eating a muffin at Starbucks in Visalia.
From Visalia, we headed east on 198 to Three Rivers, CA. Beautiful scenery, but we were both enjoying the ride so much that we didn’t stop to take any pictures. Stopped at Three Rivers for a “butt break” and to fuel up.
Gratuitous shot of the bike at a gas station.
Made it to Sequoia National Park around noon. Learned that at the park they only charge $10 for a motorcycle to enter. HOWEVER, that is $10 per person, so we had to pay $20 just like a car. Oh well, the views were worth it.
As we rode into the park, my wife noticed a huge rock formation off in the distance. I told her that was Morro Rock and before long she was going to be on top of it. She didn’t know - and I didn’t tell her, we were going to climb a ¼ mile up 400 stairs to see the view from the top. We were lucky enough to get a great parking spot right at the trailhead to Morro Rock.
Morro Rock from a distance.
Here is the first stretch of the climb.
Wife taking a breather.
The views at the halfway point were breathtaking.
Me trying to not look too tired since we had a long way to go to get to the top.
The stairs at one point get pretty steep.
Finally made it to the top and Loralee is smiling! Not sure if she was happy to be there or happy to find a place to throw me off the mountain!!
View from the top.
We finally headed down the mountain back to the V and geared up. We were headed to Wucksaki Lodge for a late lunch. Pulled into the restaurant at 2:15PM, and found out we barely made the 2:30PM lunch cutoff. Maybe that explains the poor food we had. It was not good at all, but here are pics of it anyway.
Left the lodge and headed to the General Sherman tree. Pictures can’t do justice to how magnificent these trees are.
General Sherman Tree
Looking very small next to one of these bad boys.
Left the park around 5:30PM and headed for our final destination for the day, Lemon Cove and the Plantation Bed & Breakfast.
The Plantation from the front.
In the words of my wife, “this place is a little slice of paradise.” We both truly enjoyed it. If you ever get the chance, be sure to check it out.
Loralee resting after a long day in the saddle.
After a dip in the pool and some an hour or so in the hot tub, we headed up to our room to “nap” Let’s be honest, we didn’t nap
Eventually, we geared up for a short ride into Exeter for a wonderful dinner at Orange Blossom Junction. This place has some of the best steak I have ever had.
Dinner looked like this.
After a great dinner, headed back to The Plantation to call it a night.
That’s day 1. I will try to get day 2 posted tomorrow.