More climbing, but then a big reward!
Today was a two-season ride. We started in Truckee, CA, where the temperatures were a bit on the chilly side (how about the low 40’s). Our riders had several layers on as they prepared themselves to ride the Truckee River Trail, slip past the northern end of Lake Tahoe, and then climb to 9,000 feet, to the summit of Mt. Rose (the highest, year-round Sierra pass).
Some riders were feeling the effects of yesterday’s climbing, but I think they actually welcomed the more moderate, constant grade of today’s climb. After all they have been through, climbing 8 miles at an average of 7% wasn’t so bad.
The views were, once again, spectacular, especially the vista about half-way up the mountain where they get a fabulous view of northern Lake Tahoe, and can actually see back towards Donner Pass.
The second season came once they began their 15+ mile descent to Sparks, Nevada. What was cool at 9,000 feet, became hotter the farther down they hill they sped. Once in Sparks, the temps were in the low 90’s! Talk about a change! No need for jackets.
Tomorrow they resume their journey east, this time a bit flatter, with more mileage.
Come back to see how they did.