The Pitfalls of RV Life, Tuolumne Meadows and the Road to Lake Tahoe

The Pitfalls of RV Life, Tuolumne Meadows and the Road to Lake Tahoe


– Well, good morning. Today, we are not going to the valley. (soft keyboard music) Well, in case you’re wondering, we’re still at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. In fact, that’s the
Tuolumne River right there. This eastern part of the park, not as stunning as the valley, but still very beautiful and much quieter. Today, the plan is to
go down to Lee Vining and find some internet, upload a video, see Mono Lake and June Lake;
you know, explore the area. And then tomorrow, we
continue towards Carson City, Nevada’s capital, and we might see some
things along the way. Oh, and there’s this famous lake nearby; Lake Tahoe, I think it is called. (smooth keyboard music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ (water trickling) As pleasant as this may be, staying completely off-grid
can be inconvenient in this day and age, so we
are going to head into town. Well, once again, good morning. A little bit of a chill in the air here. It’s 48 degrees this morning,
according to the car. And we’re gonna go across the Tioga Pass into this town called Lee Vining and try to find some internet
so I can upload a video because it is Saturday and y’all are expecting
a video tomorrow, Sunday, so it’s gotta be done. (smooth keyboard music) Here we are, exiting the
park through Tioga Pass. And I really hope there’s not
a long line when I return. I mean, there’s gotta be a way to streamline this check-in process. The drive on Tioga Road,
absolutely beautiful, although, let me tell you, it
is a little hard to appreciate with the morning sun in our eyes. We’ll be back. The drive to Lee Vining, about 20 miles, barely half-an-hour, so not too bad. Let me grab a quick breakfast here at Tioga Gas Mart and continue. Mono Lake Vista Point. I’ve been looking desperately for a spot with good enough upload
bandwidth, to no avail. I even used a cell phone tower locator app and I’m running out of options here, so let’s go back into town. Found this coffee shop
with great internet, so I bought a latte and uploaded a video. Yeah, for a while there,
I was really worried about this Sunday’s video. I didn’t think I was gonna
be able to upload it, but… Yeah, coffee shop to the rescue. (smooth keyboard music) Next stop: Mono Lake. This lake has one peculiarity, and it’s all these formations
called tufa towers. These formations were formed originally at the bottom of the lake, in part due to the water’s
highly alkaline level. And when the water levels fell, these tufa towers raised above the water, so we can see them now. It is quite a sight to see. (birds squawking) I’m gonna go to an
overlook that is up there that I found while I was
desperately looking for a wifi signal. Wifi signal, no. Cellular signal. To no avail. I mean, it’s really bad. Download is usable, but upload is… It’s unusable, let’s put it that way. (smooth keyboard music) And here we are at the overlook. If you remember, I came here early, but I didn’t really get a
chance to admire the view, so now I can. And it is kind of windy up here, but we get a commanding view of the lake. Here’s looking back
east towards the Sierra. (upbeat keyboard music) Next stop: June Lake. And it is such a beautiful drive. If you recall, we drove
through here two days ago on our way to Yosemite, and
now I just wanted to stop by, spend a little more time, maybe go to June Lake
Brewing, have an IPA. But the bar is full and I
am not really in the mood, so I’ve decided to make
a livestream instead since I couldn’t do one yesterday. I hope you guys can see me. Today, I’m streaming with the GoPro. By the way, June Lake here, such a beautiful place with this beach. And I guess during the
winter it is a ski resort. But today here in July,
people are just swimming overlooking these magnificent
snow-capped mountains. Yeah, have I told you how
much I love mountains? Let’s go back to Tuolumne Meadows. I uploaded my video, bought
some new hiking shoes online, updated my social media, did a livestream; you know, all those things you do when you’ve been internet-deprived
for a couple of days. The road up to Tioga Pass,
as beautiful as ever. Let’s stop. (soft piano music) Going towards the Tioga Pass. Let’s continue. (upbeat keyboard music) The higher you get, the better the views. Here we even have some waterfalls. (smooth keyboard music) Let’s check out Ellery Lake here. We’ve got some people fishing and there’s even a campground nearby, which happened to be my
plan B or maybe C, actually, as I came into the park two days ago. (soft piano music) Here we are back at Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to
Yosemite National Park. And I’m happy to report the
line going in, not as bad. Let’s go for a little walk. Yeah, might as well explore the area immediately close to the campground. There’s actually a lot to
see within walking distance. Well, this coming up is
where we made the line and got probably the
last available site here. And as you see, today, it
says ‘campground full.’ Let’s walk all the way to
where they have the store. It’s like a big tent, and
that’s the grocery store. Let’s check out the
Tuolumne Meadows Grill, which is actually just a counter
where you order the food, nothing fancy. And nextdoor to the
grill we have the store, which is also a post office,
and they have groceries, camping gear, all kinds of
stuff, and live entertainment. I really thought there
was gonna be more to it, like to the grill, and it’s just a counter where you order hamburgers. I mean, it’s fine. I’m kinda hungry, but I do
have some picadillo left, so that’s what I’m going to eat. By the way, campers and
hikers, such happy people. There’s this group there with
a guitar, singing, dancing. Let’s go for a little hike. It is the Tuolumne River. So clear, the water here
on the Tuolumne River. How about we hike Lembert Dome? I mean, I’ve got two little blisters from hiking Yosemite Point
yesterday, but let’s try. (smooth keyboard music) Oh, cool! This is actually a section
of the Pacific Crest Trail. Well, I guess that’s a way to do it. But in order to do it like that, you would really need to know
what you are doing, right? I think there is a less-challenging trail. Well, I kind of changed my mind. I’m still pretty sore from yesterday, from that epic hike up to Yosemite Point. Or is it Point Yosemite? No, Yosemite Point. So, now I’m gonna reheat
some of that ground beef and then I’m going into town
to schedule tomorrow’s video. Once again crossing the Tuolumne River, going back to the campground. Such beautiful crystal-clear water. By the way, I haven’t turned
on the generator once. I’m getting a decent amount
of solar here during the day, in the mid-morning hours,
and it’s worked out okay. Well, the first night, I
depleted the battery pretty bad, but yesterday it recuperated. But let me tell you, right now
I could’ve used the generator to run the microwave, but
generator hours are limited and I don’t wanna bother everybody. Very few people are
running generators here. Came into Lee Vining one last
time to download some stuff. And look at those clouds. Well, hello everybody. Good morning. I made a rookie mistake last night. I basically killed my battery. It serves me well for not monitoring. But… I’m monitoring now. And it’s down to 10.2 with the light on, 10.6 volts. That’s pretty much dead. Well, good morning, version two. It looks like my camera battery died also in the middle of my monologue. (laughing) I probably killed that battery for good. It’s an AGM. ‘Cause when you drop ’em below half, something happens, the chemical reaction. They sulfatize or something like that. I forget the exact term at this moment. Yeah, I’m down to 10.2. And if I turn off the
light, it goes up to 10.6. At this point, doesn’t matter if I just turn on the light a little bit. And my fridge is still
working, but that’s about it. I think I’m gonna make me some
coffee, go for a little hike, wait for the time when
I’m allowed to make noise, which is 7 a.m. And I’ll just hook up the truck. I’m not gonna turn on the gennie for this, but I’ll hook up the
truck with the umbilical, turn it on, and I’ll get
some juice going back here so I can take a shower. And today we are leaving,
we are leaving Yosemite. We’re going north. Topaz Lake, most likely. Well, the sun’s coming out. Beautiful morning here in the Meadows. And I think the time has come to replace my trusty hiking shoes. I mean, they’ve been with
me since (pausing) 2014. We bought ’em for the Four Corners trip and they took us to the
Delicate Arch in Utah and they’ve hiked all over the place. They went to, of course,
to Angel’s Landing and now they hiked here in Yosemite, and now I’m gonna throw them out. Went to put on my hoodie because it’s pretty chilly out here. Lots of people going
out on hikes this early. Well, that’s it. No more hiking shoes. I’ve got a new pair coming. Well, yeah, I need an
oil change, for sure. And according to my Chevrolet, which takes forever to
boot up, it’s 46 degrees! No wonder it felt kind of chilly. As I said, let’s go for a little hike. Yeah, by the way, beautiful morning here. I’m kind of sad I only brought the GoPro because some of these
landscapes call for a zoom lens. (electronic keyboard music) Do you see the moon up there? How cool! (water roaring) Yeah, we may be a little
far away from the valley, but it is an idyllic place, for sure. Whoops, I think I went over the curb checking out of the campground. Yeah, sometimes I forget that the trailer is just a tad wider than the truck. (smooth keyboard music) I’ve got–
(truck notification beeping) Yeah, it’s losing air. God darnit. It’s at 39; yeah, I’m
gonna have to stop soon and change that tire. Is this flat enough? No. This will work. Actually, this has to work. I am so glad I found this vista point because there was nothing back there. (notification beeping continuing) Is that beep bothering you too? Well, at least I found a
pretty spot to change my tire. Looks like I’ve got a flat. Oh god, no. Well, I was able to change that tire. Let me make sure I didn’t
leave anything behind because this morning
I’m a little forgetful. I did forget to dump at the dump station. All right, it seems we’re good. (smooth keyboard music) Actually, let’s make a quick U-turn just in case we have to boondock tonight. Isn’t it great to be only 19 feet long? I realized I’m still inside the park, so I’m just gonna make that dump. It turns out I missed
the dump station sign the first time around, so let’s do it now. You saw that dump station sign, it’s like a tiny little thing. No wonder I missed it. And with that, we are saying so long to Yosemite National Park. One last spectacular drive
here on the Tioga Road, and then we’re gonna be
back on the 395 north all the way to Carson City, the capital of the state of Nevada. But first, I’m gonna have to
find a tire shop in Lee Vining. It seems to be leaking air
through the valve stem. ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ I’m riding ♪ Well, I was able to get my tire fixed here at this place across the street. It’s not a– – [GPS] Take the next
left onto US-395 north. – It doesn’t appear on
Google Maps as a tire shop. It appears as a AAA center
or something like that, like a service center,
like a AAA provider. But they do have a tire
shop and they fixed it. – [GPS] Continue on
US-395 north for 69 miles. – 30 bucks, a little steep perhaps. They changed the valve stem. Apparently, this might be
a problem in the future, I don’t know if it is
that I went over the curb exiting the RV park or
that it was already weak, because these sensors for this tire pressure monitoring
system are a little heavy. So, maybe they’re a little
tough on the valve stems. I don’t know. Time will tell. And now, I just passed
by that Mono Coffee Cup or Mono Coffee, eh, I
forget what it’s called, to use their wifi and answer some comments because it is Sunday, it is video day, and video day is usually a busy day. (bluesy rock music) I almost forgot, let’s go into Bodie. Hmm, pavement ends 10 miles ahead. I didn’t know that. Oh well, we’ll take it one mile at a time. It’s a beautiful drive though. Okay, this is where the pavement ends. Should I or should I not? Tell you what, let’s do it. How bad could it possibly be, huh? Actually, at the beginning
it’s not too bad, but it is getting progressively worse the further we go along this route. Perhaps this was not my brightest moment, trying to go to Bodie towing the trailer, especially with Minitini, which is an
unusually-low-clearance trailer. Here, found a spot where I
might be able to turn around. Let me tell you, there
is something to be said about being short and nimble, as I said. And as much fun as the adventure might be, destroying the trailer in the process in this washboard might not be worth it. The views on the way back, by the way, absolutely breathtaking. And I’m sorry if you
all were looking forward to seeing Bodie. So was I, actually. And not that I would need one, but now I have yet another
excuse to revisit this area. Let’s continue. ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ Well, I’m happy to report that Minitini survived
that dirt road unscathed, although it was rough, let me tell ya. And I was really, really tempted, I even chocked– Choked– Chocked? Shocked? Shoked the wheels in Minitini and I was gonna unhitch
and go the rest of the way. But you know what, let’s
focus on the task at hand. And I really (pausing)
wanna get to Nevada and… Those mountains are beautiful. ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ I’m riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ Riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free, yeah ♪ ♪ Break it down ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Oh, riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Oh, ’cause I’m free in my RV ♪ ♪ Yeah, riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Whenever I want to be ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ Riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ I’m riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be, yeah ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I’m free in my RV ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ From Florida to Tennessee ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I’m free in my RV, yeah ♪ ♪ Riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I’m free ♪ ♪ In my RV ♪ Wasn’t that a gorgeous drive? We’ve made it to Topaz Lake. ♪ I’m riding ♪ – [GPS] Welcome to Nevada. – Oh, thank you!
– In a quarter-mile, turn right. This is what happens when
you don’t do research. I mean, not the prettiest of sites. But for 22 bucks with
your Good Sam membership, it’s $25 normally, I mean, for
one night it’s gonna be fine. And we’ve got a casino over there. And we’ve got a lake. Came to the casino for dinner. They gave me a coupon, as they usually do. And this is the view from the deck. But actually, let me really show you what it looks like around here. (pulsing electronic music) Good morning! Well, this was a nice overnight here at the Topaz Lake
Lodge Casino and RV Park. Not the most attractive RV park, by any means, but it’s fine.
(electronic notification) She’s gonna talk. Well, she didn’t talk.
– Turn right. – It’s 22 bucks with your Good
Sam membership, it’s fine. Full hookups, a beautiful
view from the restaurant. They give you like $2 off your meal. It’s fine. Now, we go towards (pausing) Carson City! 35 miles, 49 minutes. Topaz Lodge Casino! That’s where we stayed. Let me tell you, I’ll
be the first to admit today was kind of discombobulated. Sometimes such is life,
unscripted RV life. We had, what? A dead battery, a flat tire,
a failed trip to Bodie, not to mention the
troubles and tribulations to find internet. But in the end, we had a good time. And after Yosemite falls, let’s face it, we had nowhere to go but down. But the adventure continues. And on the next one, we’re going to drive all
the way around Lake Tahoe, and then back to California. We’re going to have a meetup
at Lagunitas in Petaluma. And after that, the Pacific coast through the California
Redwoods, the Oregon coast, all the way to the Olympic
Peninsula in Washington State. But all in good time. All in good time. Right now, I’m going to check in at Comstock Country RV
Resort in Carson City. The Colorado needs an oil change, I need to edit some video,
and then we’ll continue. As always, thank you so much for watching, and see you on the road. No matter what happens,
always free in my RV. (smooth keyboard music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪

100 thoughts on “The Pitfalls of RV Life, Tuolumne Meadows and the Road to Lake Tahoe

  1. I came through Lee Vining in the summer of 2002 in my new Winnebago Class C. It was the first time in my life that I had to pay $3 for a gallon of gas. I remember handing the clerk a $100 bill. The first time I ever paid $100 for a tankful of gas too. Thanks for the video. Brought back lots of memories.

  2. Amazing views of the mountains in your video Robert. Getting internet service for uploading and downloading videos can be a great challenge while traveling. It's a good thing they have coffee shops. Have a fantastic day!

  3. I loved this – its honest! I started watching because I wanted to know what life was like towing a trailer – I love that you kept in the tyre/tire issues, internet search and missing the dump sign. Everyone must experience something like this on each journey. Thanks for another great vid – always look forward to Sundays!

  4. Another great video, thanks for showing that not all trips are without issues like some youtubers like you to believe.
    Keep up the GREAT WORK!

  5. Robert, a good start when visiting an area is learning how to pronounce the places you talk about. The word 'Tuolumne' is pronounced "too-AH-lum-ee". And after 5 years, you continue to under-equip and mismanage your electrical system – why is that? At this point, hardly a 'rookie' mistake.

  6. I really enjoy your videos. I find them very helpful when planning my family RV travel trips. Thank you for keeping in the camping failure moments in your videos. We all have the same mishaps and just learn from trial and error. We have had so many problems I should write a book although I would probably scare too many people away from ever trying RV life.

    I found your New England trip from a couple summers ago very helpful and we will be retracing some of your steps this summer with many tweaks. I found your NYC tour to be there most helpful.

    And in a couple years, I would love to head to California and see some of these places too. .

  7. $5.00 gas in California, holy cow! Robert, you should consider metal valve stems, more durable than rubber ones.  I know you replaced your trailer tires not very long ago but next time you should look into Goodyear Endurance brand, made here in the United States unlike the other Chinese junk that are on most RV's.  Love your videos,  thanks, Stanley

  8. I love watching your videos, Robert. I'm a Native Californian and you're showing me places I haven't been to yet. (FYI: the locals call it: Tuolumne: 2 WALL ohm knee). We are blessed with such a wonderful landscape in our state. I recommend your site to those searching for best places to visit. Keep up the wonderful tours. 🙂

  9. We woke up and saw you had a new video. Great way to start the day! I SO appreciated your not wanting to disturb other campers with the sound of the generator. We have had times where our stay was miserable because everyone around us had their gen on.

  10. Tuolumne: too-AH-lum-ee … the accent is on the second syllable and the "n" is silent.

    Love this channel. Very inspirational!

  11. Never forget good ole reliable "shoe leather express" when you want to really see & experience your surroundings. I'm curious to know which brand/model hiking shoe you will be using from now on.
    Why aren't you recharging your Jackery while driving so you're not totally reliant on your RV battery?
    395 is a beautiful/scenic route regardless of which direction your going.

  12. You made the right call turning back on that dirt road to Bodie. It destroyed my shocks and had to be replaced after that trip. The ghost town was good though. One of the biggest and well maintained I've seen.

  13. Bravo! Another really beautiful video to make my Sunday morning feel just like a Sunday morning.

    Again Robert, thank you so much for your channel I can truly appreciate all the work you put into bringing us along. Bravo!

  14. WHEW… my secret spot is safe!!! Really good job capturing this section Robert. BTW, some of the hikers there at the picnic table at the Tuolumne Grill had just hiked about 943 miles of the PCT…. from the boarder. It’s always a festive time for them once they reach this point. Next time, let’s get that meet up at Whoa Nellie Deli done.

  15. The word "Tuolumne" is pronounced "too-AH-lum-ee". It has four syllables, the accent is on the second syllable, and the "n" is silent.

  16. Robert your mountain 🏔 travels are my best to watch such beauty, I know first hand being that I Live in the mountains is the greatest! And also it was time for you to say good bye to your worn out hiking Boots 🥾🥾 time to make new beginnings to step into new terrain 😊😉

  17. Hi Robert, excellent video, you include things that a traveling state video will not include. Your videos are very enjoyable. Those mountains yes I love them also. I have a question, I have my television set up so my husband and I can watch you tube videos on that but we cannot leave comments nor see comments, We can like videos though, & subscribe. What I am wondering though does it show up on your end that the video was watched or does that work only if watched on the computer or other device? To comment I am on the computer to as I want to make sure you get credit that someone was watching other than on the computer. I hope I make sense. thanks for the videos.

  18. 🤤 That's my face after this episode. So good. So nice. Now everybody click like, lock the YouTube side, open it and watch it all over again. So good. You made our Sunday's so much better. Thanks Robertico.

  19. Another nice Sunday morning being out on the road with you. Nothing like have that tire pressure alarm go off when you're driving in the mountains, eh? It's happened to me a couple of times. You seemed a little bummed out having to throw away your shoes. After your experience hiking up to Yosemite Point, I think you were a little lucky not winning the lottery to go up Half Dome!

  20. Hello Robert, those snow capped peaks are absolutely breathtaking. It's too bad that you didn't make it all the way to Bodie. I am looking forward to the next video series featuring Lake Tahoe and Carson City and beyond. Great job Robert!

  21. The Eastern Sierra is my favorite place to explore. I loved the hike you took to Yosemite point. I hope you will have the opportunity to return when you have more time to explore the area better. There are so many things that you missed.

  22. Hey for 22 or a 25 bucks I would stay there a night of two. Looking forward to Lake Tahoe and the drive along the coast.😊

  23. Toooallame…how it's said…no meadows shots…too bad, the area up there is so rich, top of the world…love the drive on the east side of Sierras, so pretty. Bodie, I'm not surprised, that ghost town is really a weird place, lots of reports on mood swings and fights after visiting that place, it seems there are ghosts there, that play with peoples emotions once they leave, and they wouldn't even let you in.  That place is haunted.  You might have had more tire and electrical problems after visiting that place..lol I loved this video, the real deal is no internet and how much we rely on that these days, and all the other stuff of life we all have to deal with.  I also enjoyed that you flew the drone finally.  I loved seeing Mono lake again too.  And it's awesome you are heading to Petaluma, where I began my antique business, and lived in Rohnert Park for many years, in a past life, when I was in my 20-30's. Wonderful Robert!  Thanks so much!

  24. It's was great to ride with you today. i Live in the little town of Rockmart Ga. I have always wanted to make this trip. My ex wife and her daughters are in Reno. The 2 girls live there. My ex lives in Pitt. Ks.. This was a great way to spend time this afternoon. Thanks again for the video. I'm glad you keep it real. Stay safe my friend.

  25. Highly recommend Bodie Ghost Town. You can unhitch or boon dock a few miles in on green river road right next to the entrance to Bodie.

  26. Thx Robert! –Kurt Weinberg Fb #Oscars! Welcome A-list Floridian my #UCFMarie (G. Clooney commercial) to the TOP!

  27. Good opportunity to upgrade to lithium. When I heard you say you were going to hike up that trail after getting blisters the day before, I was thinking, hmmm, I bet not. It might take a week before those heal. All good stuff though and very enjoyable scenery.

  28. Sorry to say that kobe Bryant died with his beautiful daughter 13 years old and and 7 more people, is investigation who are the others. Helicopter crash it happened at 10am California time.

  29. Well, lets hope that Elon Musk can successfully get all his satellites deployed. He said his Starlink service will allow you to get fast internet ANYWHERE in the world.

  30. Robert, this series you are doing is inspired! My wife and I look forward to each new video on Sundays. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your videos. It make us feel that we are along with you for the ride.

  31. Howdy Robert,many thanks for sharing yet another supêrb video here which-need I point out-made my day as usual.Once again you did a great job here buddy and your effort is greatly appreciated as you know.Best wishes and cordial greetings from William in Bruges,Belgium,Europe

  32. I love your channel! I feel like im watching a NatGeo channel with your nice all picturesque backgrounds and how panoramic views you always show!😍😍😍 and im such a critic when it comes to vloggers i watch but this one is such honest and just having fun traveling at the same time informative, unlike others who vlogs just for the sake of money!
    Its sound kinda funny ur accent but its nice I wonder if ur hispanic accent 🤔but anyway i love ur background music too its soo cute “ riding in my Rv” lol seeing ur truck and ur camera placed on the Rv lol. I enjoy watching! U don’t look to bad at all too! 😍😎keep on inspiring us!❤️

  33. Hey Robert, we were driving through Mobile, AL this afternoon and the motor homes were already parked under the interstate for the Mardi Gras season. There are hundreds of them in every size. The first parade is 2/7 and Mardi Gras day is 2/25. The city sells the spots for the entire festival season. A great place to do a live feed from the mini. We’ve just subscribed in the last few months but enjoy your adventures. We are currently living here and Mobile claims to be the originator of Mardi Gras but New Orleans is certainly the king. Keep posting , Hobie

  34. 19:30 HOLY C#%P! The price of gas…. Loved the split screen towards the end. Nicely done. As for the mishaps, well.. Doo Doo happens my friend. Safe travels.

  35. You always have the best attitude! even with things going kind of sideways you still seem cheerful! huge fan of yours here ! Anyway really enjoyed this video. Being without all the crowds in the part of the park you were in was more my thing and the scenery paired with your music and running commentary was a delight. Thank you!

  36. I quite enjoyed your variation on your theme song, toward the end of this vlog. You have about a two-octave range? Beautiful voice, inventive composing. Thank you. Oh–the views were also outstanding.

  37. Robert you have plenty of opportunities to vlog on how you can upgrade your towable for weather when it drops under 32F .. or say

  38. Other than your pretty face and your elite film production I've figured out what I like about you . I know your not Spanish but your accent makes me feel like where traveling with them . The conquistadors . Awesome . Thanks

  39. Tioga Rd was privately owned in the early 1900’s. So Yosemite had no eastern entrance. Steve Mather ( founder and first director of the NPS bought it for 10 grand and gave it to the NPS…..very generous man and we are grateful.

  40. Wow, can’t believe I missed the chance to attend the meet up at Lagunitas. But looking at your time line my wife and I were on a 6,100 mile trip through the mid west in our C class during your swing through our neck of the woods. I’ll have to pay better attention to your live broadcasts to catch the next opportunity.

  41. 4:54 I was parked right about the same day, July 21 or 22). PS, I did the same thing on the dirt road to Bodie. I probably saw you!

  42. Seeing as you are on your way up to Washington state, don't forget to pop into Whidbey island and see our famous Deception Pass Bridge, its breathtaking.

  43. Mr. Robert if you want to spend the money you can order metal tire valve stem. ( Amazon, Auto Zone ) It will hold up better with the weighted tire sensor .

  44. I did this very route in 2018 and i tell you that restsurant at the topaz lodge served the best Steak and home made chocolate cake on that piece of highway! Yes the view from that deck was breath taking but then so was the view point at Mono lake. Love your videos, keep em coming Robert ” the travelling road nomad”!

  45. #166 Good morning, Robert. I was their back in 1963 when the Tioga Pass road was built. Spent hours parked while road engineers were sitting explosive charges to build the then gravel road. Best place in the world walk and enjoy the beauty of the Mountains. Maybe someday, the road to Bodie will be paved, too!

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