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Alyson Peel
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neuroscientist, saxophone student, health educator, bike friday enthusiast, bike hobo,
neuroscientist, saxophone student, health educator, bike friday enthusiast, bike hobo,

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71 miles. Mono Lake to Bishop.

I have driven this route a fair number of times and, yet, never quite appreciated it until I cycled it. The photos speak for themselves.

The day included about 2000' feet of climbing and ~4000' of descent near the end, which should have been nice but, in the extreme heat, just felt like hot air blasting in my face and on my sunburned thighs.

I planned to stay on BLM land just before town; however, the 100+ temperatures caused me to go through my water too quickly and there were no refill opportunities until I got to town. A warmshowers connection told me of a hostel in town and I am there now, having just eaten and showered.

I should hit Lone Pine tomorrow, where I started this journey almost exactly 3 months (and about 4500 miles) ago.
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6/7/16
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66 miles, 4300'. Coleville to wild camp above Mono Lake.

Hot day, lots of climbing, but beautiful snow covered mountains all along the way.

Found a beautiful wild camping spot above the lake that made up for the last 2 KOA nights.

Mono Lake has a hauntingly beautiful landscape that has long appealed to me. A few years ago, biologists thought they identified a bacterium living in Mono Lake that took up and incorporated arsenic into its DNA instead of phosphorus. This would have been an incredible finding, suggesting a novel, divergent way of making DNA that was alien to anything that has been seen. The studies did not hold up to repetition, still suggesting that DNA synthesis evolved only once. I suspect cats may have alien DNA but have found a way to hide that from us in their plot to take over the planet.
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6/6/16
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