So, the monster 1,500-mile two-state car trek has ended with a sojourn to Mount Whitney, and a drive through Death Valley back to Vegas.
The bicycle came with me, and I cherry-picked some gorgeous rides up Wheeler Peak scenic drive at Great Basin, along US 50 in Austin, Nev., around Lake Tahoe and into the Sierras from Bishop.
There were mini-side trips into Yosemite and up to Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states.
There was wildfire haze at Mammoth and Bishop along the US 395 corridor. But by the time I reached Lone Pine and drove nearly 5,000 feet in elevation to the Whitney Portal store and reached the trail, it was wonderfully and gloriously clear. Take a look for yourself.
Then, it was off to Death Valley -- and then home.