Hearing the gasps escape the mouth of a Backroads guest as they lay eyes on the iconic summit of Half Dome or the impossibly beautiful Yosemite Falls for the first time never gets old. Although I’ve been visiting and leading trips in Yosemite for many years now, I recently had a “first time” experience that allowed me to see this majestic place with fresh eyes. Just by chance, I had the opportunity to bike the Tioga Pass road to the high country with no traffic. Surrounded by conifers and glowing granite mountains and without a single worry, I realized how fortunate I am to be a part of the Yosemite experience with so many Backroads guests.
About: David Shirk
David Shirk has led trips with Backroads all over California. Yosemite remains his favorite trip to lead, despite steep competition of biking the “American Riviera” in Santa Barbara and the rugged coast of Big Sur. When David isn’t leading trips, he can be found trail running, biking or planning his next adventure.
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