Cruising over the Sierras was pretty and allowed more time for me to just do some mellow play with the wing. With each slalom turn heading in a general northerly path the view looking down onto the Sierras was gorgeous. The mountain lakes still had snow and ice with the most interesting shades of turquoise.
The above photo shows mount whitney as we were in a 90 degree left bank at about 22,000' msl.
The speed even from being at over 20K is very noticeable. I have many times experienced the long 2 to 4 hour push from Walt's Point up to Big Pine in a hang glider but this bird did it in about 6 minutes up and 6 minutes back, and we were taking our time conserving fuel with many turns along the way.