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