Celebrating at Tahoe (91)

Since today was a short day, we let the light wake us up as it spilled into the tent.  On our way out of Carson River Resort, we met Angel, one of the owners, who was very accommodating to us (they let us stay for free after hearing about our trip).  Thank you so much; we loved our stay and hope to return someday!

Our piece of grass at Carson River Resort
Our piece of grass at Carson River Resort 🙂

We had some fantastic breakfast burritos at Ali’s Cafe in Markleeville, which was a cute little town with all the essentials. 

  
Afterwards, we stopped at the post office in town to submit a change of address, which should get my wallet from Vegas back home (I’ve given up and don’t want to chance missing it again).

The one challenge for the day was to climb Luther Pass, which was enjoyable, although very busy with cars.  At the top, we met two women who were interested in our trip.  One just finished a 5-day tour around Idaho, and the other is hoping to do a cross-country tour with her husband soon.  It was so nice to meet you both; happy trails!

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We learned earlier in the trip that our bikes would stand up together if we removed the front bags on the outside, which came in handy in a few places where there was nothing to set the camera up on for self timer shots!
We learned earlier in the trip that our bikes would stand up together if we removed the outer front bags, which came in handy in a few places where there was nothing to set the camera up on for self timer shots!
Just over the top of the hill, we met Nick and Mike (not the same Nick and Mike that we met in Kentucky!), who met up in Kansas and have been riding together ever since.  They made a slight detour from the Western Express route to take a rest day in Lake Tahoe, which they said was well worth it!  Nick is writing for The Drunk Cyclist blog (link) under the pen name “Righteous”; we are excited to check out his work!  Good luck with the last few days of your trip, Nick and Mike!

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We finished the descent and saw plenty of roadies and mountain bikers along the way; it seems that cycling is very popular here.  For the last portion of the day’s ride, Google Maps recommended some nice back roads to the house we are renting, and even some trails, which was a fun change of pace!

We had fun "off-roading" on our way to the house in South Lake Tahoe. +1 for Google Maps cycling feature
We had fun “off-roading” on our way to the house in South Lake Tahoe. +1 for Google Maps cycling feature
The afternoon was spent relaxing and cleaning up, and then Rachel’s parents, Jim & Jeanette, arrived in the early evening.  After a few minutes, Rachel revealed her left hand, so we shared some celebratory drinks and went out for sushi.

 

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Later, we had cake (Thanks Jeanette!) at the house and got to bed; we are excited to get out on the lake tomorrow!!

Trip stats, to date (Day 91)

Markleeville, CA to South Lake Tahoe, CA

Daily mileage: 32.7 mi ;  Trip total to date: 5,378.6mi
Daily riding time: 3hr 08min;  Trip total time: 470hr 11min
Daily ascent: 3,235 ft;  Trip total ascent: 288,824 ft
Flat tires: Rachel – 4; Chris – 7