Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Honor America’s Heroes
Bicycle Across America
Summer 2011—One Fire Station at a time
Day 5
The Gold Country Bicycle Tour
South Lake Tahoe, California

June 20, 2011 – Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. Manager, John Ashton and staff sets a fine Continental Breakfast table. The coffee was excellent and plentiful.

I’m ready to go. Chris at Sierra Ski & Cycle Works disassembled bicycle # 343, cleaned it and reassembled it beautifully. The shifting works great. Chris paid attention to my bicycle. He made sure it was ready for the Kingsbury Grade.

Kingsbury Grade: What goes up must go down.3-miles up at 9% grade and 8-miles down at 9% grade.

State Route 207 begins at a junction with U.S. Route 50, less than 1 mile from the California State line near the southern shores of Lake Tahoe. From there, the route heads eastward on an uphill climb through the Kingsbury area to travel through Daggett Pass (elevation 7,344 feet

Right at the top there is a fire station. I stopped and visited with the fire crew.

Wow! 8-miles down and a 9% grade!

After that exciting and beautiful ride, I continued toward Carson City. My next stop is Genoa.

Genoa, pronounced "ju-NO-ah," is nestled on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in Carson Valley, 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe’s world-class skiing. Established in 1851 by Mormon traders, it was called Mormon Station until 1855 when, as legend has it, Judge Orson Hyde named the burgeoning town after Genoa, Italy, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Here is where I stopped for lunch. Good food, reasonable prices and nice people. I saw several bicyclists there.

Genoa has a beautiful fire station. However, Genoa is a small community and therefore a volunteer fire department. The fire station was not staffed. So, I pedaled on toward Carson City.

About 15 miles later, I stopped at a fire station near Carson City. I visited with the three fire fighters stationed there. It was a good break with good conversation and plenty of water.

Entering Carson City, I stopped at Fire Station 12. The fire fighters provided local area directions.

The Gold Country Tour is completed. We will begin the tour again, with The Silver State Challenge; the bicycle ride across Nevada on US Highway 50 from Carson city to the Nevada border.

I spent the night at the Mill House Motel in Carson City. Tomorrow, I drive to Sacramento and then return to Dixon. 

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