Fires in the Sierra Mountains filling the sky with smoke this morning. Checked with Caltrans Hwy 50 was reopened. King fire now over 76,000 acres and threatening 12,000 homes.
Short stop at Lake Tahoe. Currently not in the direct path of the fires. What an incredible deep blue body of water.
Around a sweeping turn in the road the small town of Twin Bridges comes into view. Knew I was in California...a beautiful VW bus. Met Squirrel and Jenifer owners of the Strawberry Station Market. 19 years ago Squirrel proposed to Jenifer...the engagement ring... the bus. License plate reads "Marry Me". Thanks Squirrel and Jenifer for the great coffee and homemade cinnamon roll! You two are the best! Excellent break from all the smoke.
30 miles from the end of Highway 50 tonight. Into Sacramento tomorrow morning, drop off the bike at Sacramento Harley-Davidson, catch Southwest to ABQ. 14 days on the road. Seems like a few minutes. Mile after mile, thought after thought, cold and hot, fog and sun, clouds and smoke, stop for gas, look for a place to eat and sleep, meeting so many wonderful people along the BackBone of America. No words can express it.