Why Hawthorne? Lots of reasons, but I'll start with four:
- Tioga Pass
- Sonora Pass
- Ebbetts Pass
- Monitor Pass
Once you're over the passes, the fun doesn't stop. You can have lunch at The Whoa Nellie Deli at The Mobil in Lee Vining to experience fine dining in a truly improbable setting. If that doesn't suit you, there's always Mountain View BBQ in Walker, CA, a worthy destination even if you chose to turn around and head back home.
While you're taking in the natural beauty, you'll pass right by the legendary Mono Lake, which is slowly returning to its earlier water levels.
As for Hawthorne itself? Well, Hawthorne is an old munitions town, with bunkers dotting the hillsides surrounding the town. It's a remote spot, a relatively quiet (unless they're disposing of old munitions) spot in the desert. It's inexpensive to stay there. It's inexpensive to eat there. The locals have always been happy to see us, and to share their hospitality over the course of a few days of days of riding and hanging out by the pool, and evenings of having fun over in Joe's bar. It's tough to beat.
See you when I get back.