Saturday, June 7, 2008

Day 5, Truckee to Sparks, NV

This morning we started out in the chilly mountain air. Headed out of Truckee south to Squaw Valley, the site of the '60 Winter Olympics. After passing by Squaw we jumped on a bike path heading to Lake Tahoe. On the way to Tahoe we also passed a favorite ski resort, Alpine Meadows.

After 10 miles we entered Tahoe City. Tahoe City sits on Lake Tahoe. If Lake Tahoe was a clock, Tahoe City would be at the 11 O'clock position. Todays route is to take us clockwise around the Lake until we reach Incline Village in NV. With the goal of ascending Mount Rose, but first was the goal of stopping for coffee and danish somewhere along the lake's edge. We found a nifty bakery that fit the bill. Then it was off to climb the mountain.

Mount Rose is almost 9,000 feet and Lake Tahoe is about 6,000 feet. The road to the top is over 8 miles and the grade is 6 to 7 percent. This is the big climb for the day. With cool air, the only difficulty was the distance, but within 90 minutes or so, I was at the top, were there still was some snow.

The decent was trememdous!! Almost 17 miles of downhill at the same grade as the uphill side. We rolled into Sparks early enough that it was still lunch time. We had stopped to have a sandwich and a drink before finishing the ride at the motel.

Ride Data:

Miles: 66.50
Alt climbed: 3821 ft.

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