Lake Tahoe

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

Monday morning I hung around Carson City way longer than I planned. (I really didn’t plan). I was just putting off the long climb to Lake Tahoe. It was long and challenging. When I cleared the pass and started down toward the lake it was getting late-ish. Prospects for a campsite were tough.

The lake was beautiful in the low, evening light. As I passed through Incline Village, a woman on a bike flagged me down and suggested I head up Hwy 267 toward Truckee and bike down any dirt road near the top of the hill. Five miles later, with the sun setting, I found a dirt road and a gate and, down the lane, the nicest site of the trip. A nice flat spot, next to a giant pine, and a view Lake Tahoe and the town of Kings Beach way below. 

This morning a guy told me Tahoe House Bakery in Tahoe City was the best coffee shop on the whole north shore. Here I am.

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Cold Springs to Carson City

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

The last few days have been sunny, breezy, hot.

1. Thurs night --- camped at Cold Springs, NV where I met Joy and Tony. They quit tech jobs in the Bay Area, got rid of everything, and are biking across the US, biking through South America then Europe for a few years - all on their bikes. (Kathy says “ we could do that.”)

2. Friday morning -- near Cold Springs, I met 70yr old Robert, who is biking across the US. He devised a footrest system which allows him to get off his bike. Not as nimble as he once was. A few years ago he got as far as Denver before he ran out of money.

3. Friday night -- I camped in Fallon, NV -- nice sunset.

4. Saturday -- after just a few miles, a million mph headwind stopped me at Lahontan State Park. Where I napped in the shade, by the lake. Camped in this state park near a couple, Tim and Kelly, from Reno. They shared their beer (Coors Lite) with me and told about how they would like to retire as campground hosts at state and national parks around the country. Later, they brought over BBQ chicken and veggies shortly after I had eaten my dinner (the best chicken I've ever had). Lucky I'm always hungry.

5. Sunday -- I bike up to Virginia City, where they were having a big celebration, me too. You know me and street dances. Biked down to Carson City. The guy at the 7-11 said everyone just camps down by the Carson River on Deer Run Road. You have to open the big gate and find a spot. Free. I felt like Chris Farley.

6. Right now I'm in the DD in Carson City. Having a treat and coffee.

[Fun Fact - Jack Rabbits increase and decrease blood-flow to their ears to control their body temperature. They nurse their young for 2-3 days, after which, the young rabbit never sees its mother again. The mother watches its young from a distance to protect them from predators. Talk about helicoptering!]

----- photos are not in date order -- sorry.

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For the last four days I’ve been enjoying U.S. Hwy. 50 - The Loneliest Road In America. It’s really not all that lonely. It’s hilly, the views are dramatic (maybe the views are kinda lonely), and it’s a long way between towns, 70-100 miles. After a night and day in the rain, I got a motel in Ely, NV where  I was able to dry all my gear. I hung my tent in the shower. Hwy. 50 pretty much follows the original pony express route. Each town on Hwy. 50 was initially a silver town -- some still are. Each town appear to have once had much larger populations and  have many closed hotels, restaurants and stores. Ely has several casinos -- which were nearly empty when I visited them at about 9pm. All of these towns make me a little sad to bike through.

 

Eureka is equally as troubled as Ely. With closed hotels and shops. Eureka does have a very nice grocery, however, which has been in operation for over 100 years. Austin seems to have the most hope, it’s much smaller than the other towns and in nicely squeezed into a rocky valley - trying hard to leverage their large turquoise deposits.

 

Outside Austin I ran into Michael, who was on a mountain bike. He was on his way to Colorado. Three years ago Michael received a message from god to leave his job as a greyhound trainer in West Virginia. He then hiked to California, spreading the word as he when. After three years of hiking he purchased a bike at the Walmart in Las Vegas. He is travelling lighter than bike tourist out there. In his backpack he has a light blanket (he was not sure if it was wool or acrylic), a bike pump and two packs of cigs. He says he got a little cold in the mountains a few days ago, but is not willing to upgrade his equipment.
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Flowers along U.S. Hwy. 50 in Nevada

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

In the following gallery are the flowers I saw along the road between Ely, NV and Eureka, NV.

Biking Baker, NV to Ely, NV

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by tony No Comments

 

The road from Baker, NV to Ely, NV is more dramatic than I expected. Real mountains with snow. Some long climbs and long descents. Met a young guy who was biking from San Francisco to Breckenridge, to Yellowstone, then Seattle, and back to San Fran. He packed super light --- I have a lot to learn from this guy. --- His name is Anthony.

Found a great deal (Posted outside the gun shop) on a lot in Ely, NV. I won't make a move without talking with Kathy. But it does look pretty good.

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