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This past Sunday we decided to go out and do a warm up for the Deathride coming up in July. We jokingly call this ride the Purgatory ride but it's truly not as difficult as the D-Ride, but pretty fun nonetheless. We started out in Genoa, Nevada and headed up over Dagget Pass (Kingsbury Grade) into Tahoe. On the way up there are fantastic views of the Carson Valley far below and you can often see other riders curling their way up the road. Kingsbury is fun and has a nice shoulder but I always find it grueling for some reason. Anyway, we got only a quick glance of Tahoe in this ride as we bypassed the Lake and headed for Luther Pass (Highway 89).

Watch out for bears!

You've got to enter the Democratic Socialist Republic of California through this checkpoint. Better not be imported those illegal bugs!

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Tahoe-Area-Four-Passes
 

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Past the Waterfalls

Heading up Upper Truckee River Road (bypasses the boring part of Highway 89) we climbed up through a narrow little one lane road with cute waterfalls descending down the side of the mountain. Made for some great scenery. Highway 89 has a lot of traffic and a lot of fallen debris along the sides of the road so you have to keep you eyes open, but the backside into Hope Valley is a roaring hoot with nothing but postcard picture views on the way down. Once into Hope Valley we headed up Highway 88 to Carson Pass. As we were climbing the thunderstorms were building at a stunning rate. I was getting a little concerned as we neared the top and began to get hit with giant ice cold rain drops. But then everything seemed to break apart and disappear. Lucky so far!
 

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Carson Pass and Beyond

Once we hit the top of Carson Pass we took a little time to decide what we wanted to do. The thunderstorms seemed to be moving off to the east so we were no longer so worried about the weather. My wife had a problem though. Her new Terry Butterfly Carbon seat had been giving her fits where the seam wraps around the front of the saddle. It had completely worn a hole through the inside of her spandex and created a monster blister on the inside of her leg. We tried adjusting the saddle in all sorts of ways but it kept rubbing. So, she decided to ride back with an escort by a couple of our friends, but my friend Joe and I were determined to go 100 miles and continued on.

Dropping down the pass into Kirkwood we passed Caples Lake and checked out the ski resort. Then things began to change. Within about 15 minutes the skies became very dark and rain began to fall. Not wanting to turn into drowned rats we rode as fast as we could back to the Ranger station at the top of the pass and sat watching the light rain come down. After a few minutes we decided to push on.
 

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Heading Back

As we flew back down Carson Pass a tailwind began to grow stronger and stronger. As we came into Diamond Valley at the bottom of the Carson River Canyon/Woodfords Canyon we probably had a 30 mile an hour tail wind pushing us along. I was riding near 40 miles and hour at times with little effort. It was great! Thanks to the tailwind the last 30 miles went by very quickly and we safely made it back to Genoa with 101 miles under out spandex. Great way to spend a day.
 

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I wish that I had a ride with that profile in my backyard. I really would like some sustained climbs rather than the rolling hills I have in my backyard. Even if I drive to the Blue Ridge, I don;t get anything like your ride.

I have not done much riding in the West. Usually I have done just one day of riding incident to a business trip. But, what I have done, I have liked. Your reports really make me want to spend a real vacation in the West riding.
 

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Good Ole Kingsbury grade back in late 80's friend at condo right at summitt. Would head up there every weekend from Orange County (Southern CA) loved that some of the best times of my life up there.
Another great report have fun good luck on the Death Ride.

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I can't believe you took a pic at 40+ mph.......

BTW I too sure miss those long steady climbs and decents, the climbing here is actually a lot tougher but no were near as much fun.

Nice report.
 

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Coop, you'll have no shortage of pic opportunities. Make sure your wife has a camera too to capture you coming up passes 3 and 4. #3 especially makes for great photos as you come up that last 15% or whatever it is. Good fun.
 

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Mark, anytime you're out here feel free to drop by. I've got an extra bike that will fit you.
 

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Ridgetop said:
Mark, anytime you're out here feel free to drop by. I've got an extra bike that will fit you.
Thanks. I don't have any current plans to travel in the West. But, if the opportunity arises, I definitely will take you up on your offer.
 

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Unfortunately the smoke came in right after the ride. It's been very bad here ever since although today some of it has blown out as the wind has picked up. We were very lucky that day.
 

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Ridgetop said:
Unfortunately the smoke came in right after the ride. It's been very bad here ever since although today some of it has blown out as the wind has picked up. We were very lucky that day.
Got fingers crossed that they make some headway on the blazes northwest of you. There are predictions of more dry lightning storms today. That could add to the current number of fires. Yikes.

It's right on the edge of being too smoky to ride out here. Hope we don't have to deal with those conditions few weeks from now.

Thanks for the camera advice.
 

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I pray they don't start up. We're riding (we think) Pass #1, #3, and #4 with a side trip over the Pallisades to Bear Valley. If the weather acts up I'm bailing. After the D.R. lightening hell of 2 years ago I learned the hard way about nature's fury.
 

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I pray they don't start up. We're riding (we think) Pass #1, #3, and #4 with a side trip over the Pallisades to Bear Valley. If the weather acts up I'm bailing. After the D.R. lightening hell of 2 years ago I learned the hard way about nature's fury.
Can I ride your wheel on the 12th? :D
 

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We failed on the length. Got too late of a start (about 1/2 our group had girl friends that showed up the night before from wherever so they were running on wine fumes and other things but no sleep). Only got a metric century in with 1,3, and 4. FAIL! Oh well, it was hotter 'en hell and it sapped the life out of us.
 
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