The first 250 kms are a straight road in the hot desert. It was pretty boring, to be honest.
We saw lots of cars stopped on the side of the road because the cars were overheated. Considering that we had no phone service in several areas, I was glad that our car managed it so well otherwise we could be stuck there even now. We were also caught in a heavy rain shower shortly which in a desert counts as extraordinary to me.
But then we arrived to the mountains where steep grades and sharp curves kept us on edge for the entire way. It was a fun ride!
Where to stop overnight:
The Goldrush towns: Jamestown, Sonora, Columbia
We decided to stop in Bishop for the first night. Bishop is a quiet little typical American town. The town seems to do quite well with tourism because there are lots of motels, inns and restaurants on the main street. The city park is nice for a walk during the evening.
Where to stay:
725 Main Street, Bishop, California
– City park across the street
– Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi
– Lots of restaurants nearby
– The room is clasically furnished
– Slow wifi (but free!)
Where to eat:
Erick Schat’s Bakkery
763 N. Main Street, Bishop California
524 N. Main St, Bishop, California