Before bicycling the dirt road through the mountains from Bodie to Bridgeport, while I was still home in Santa Rosa I consulted four local “experts” via email and phone about what conditions to expect. All agreed cars could not get through due to deep snowdrifts at multiple locations. Beyond that, everyone had a slightly different opinion about bicycling that route under current conditions. The general consensus seemed to be, “Well, you might make it through on a bicycle, but don’t call us if you get stuck in the snow.” That was probably a joke, because there was no cell service anywhere along the route. Joke or not, my ace support crew—already concerned about my hare-brained scheme—was not amused.