SR 120 begins as a freeway intersecting Interstate 5 to extend Interstate 205 through Manteca. In east Manteca the freeway ends at SR 99 and becomes a highway which continues to head east through Escalon, Oakdale and other various small towns. East of Oakdale there are no highly populated areas for 90 miles (144 km) as it heads into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and into Yosemite National Park. After leaving Crane Flat within Yosemite, it is known as Tioga Pass Road (or often simply Tioga Road), and it retains that name as it travels through Tuolumne Meadows and over Tioga Pass at an elevation of 9,945 feet on its 59-mile (95 km) journey to its intersection with U. S. Route 395, at Lee Vining. After a jog to the south along US 395, it continues east as Mono Mills Road, skirting the south end of Mono Lake and providing access to the Mono Lake South Tufa as well as the historical site of Mono Mills before cresting Sagehen Summit and ending with the intersection of U. S. Route 6 at Benton. Both the portions through Yosemite National Park and the stretch south of Mono Lake are subject to winter closure. Usually the highway is open through Tioga Pass by the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, and typically closes for the winter sometime in November.
Every spring, both visitors and locals look forward to the opening of the Tioga Road, a high-elevation pass that crosses Yosemite National Park. Get a glimpse of what it takes to clear snow and ice from a section of the highway known for dangerous avalanches.
Top 5 books about traveling.
1. Matthew Fort «Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa».
Matthew Fort traveled Sicilia being hungry and desirous to know the myth of the island. We can call this book «gastronomical diary». The author paid much attention to Sicilian cuisine, especially its features and the differences from Italian cuisine. This novel represents the travel notes made by ordinary person in the most beautiful, quiet and intriguing place.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert «Eat, Pray, Love».
The main character, Elizabeth Gilbert, set off a trip around the world after her painful nodivorce. She has changed her place three times: Italy, India and Bali. In Italy she discovered the world of the simple and sensual pleasures such as delicious food, walking alone and the happiness to know something new about the history, language and architecture. In India Elizabeth has made good friends. She described her life in Ashram where she had to wake up early, followed the vow and prayed every morning. The last place Bali helped her to find the harmony but at the same time she found her love.
3. Heinrich Harrer «Seven Years in Tibet».
Heinrich Harrer leaved his wife and went to Himalaya to reach the Nanga Parbat top. He had not achieved it because of avalanche so the group had to come back to the camp. Heinrich decided to go through Tibet with his friend and soon they came to Lhasu. There the main character met Dalai-Lama who was just ten years. They became friends and suddenly found out the news about occupation of China. In the end Heinrich came back to Austria and reached an understanding with his son. The boy was already 12 at that moment. He forgived his father and they made a decision to go to the mountains together.
4. Peter Mayle «A Year in Provence».
The characters of this book have done so many things which are just dreamt by many of us: they had bought an old house in Provence and started their new life in it. The first year was full of gastronomical pleasures, unexpected discoveries and funny adventures. They learned the game «boules», visited the goat`s run and experienced the pleasure of being in the south French provinces.
5. Gregory David Roberts «Shantaram».
The main character is a former drug seller and robber. He escaped from the prison where he has been staying during nineteen years. After some time spent in Australia he decided to go to Bombay. Due to the personal characteristics he made friends very quickly. He worked as a mediator in the small illegal transactions and lived in the slum where he provided medical care. Lindsay was engaged in illegal trade in currency. In a short period of time two his friends had died and he had gone to Afghanistan where the war was going. The novel is based on a true story although all characters are fictional.