Well, I finally rode my bike up in Markleeville, and it was good.
A bunch of us got together a couple of weekends ago for the BikeJournal "mini-reunion" -- I saw a lot of homies up there (Kim, Glenn, Daniel & Julie), a lot of friends that I haven't seen in quite some time (Twain, SloJoe, Pansy, Randy, Nancy, Edna, Dave) and met people whom I only knew online until now (Jana, Steve, Steve). A really great bunch of people.
Riding up there was pretty challenging, especially the first day. We were over 5000 ft elevation at the base of the climbs, and since I live at about a dozen feet about sea level, I got out of breath pretty quickly at first. It was noticeably better after a day or two.
It was absolutely glorious up there. Twain warned us that this time of year is a real crapshoot in the Sierras, and the weather leading up to that weekend really bore that out. Still, we lucked out in a big way. It was sunny and warm all day Friday and Saturday and most of Sunday. And the landscape was a leaf-peepers dream.
I'll post pictures sooner or later. In the meantime, here's a bunch of them.