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    Rose to Toads - Uber Punisher Solo Ride

    Well almost solo. My sweetie shuttled me to the start on Mt. Rose Highway and then rode up Oneida / Armstrong Connector to meet me at Armstrong Pass many hours later and finish the ride down Toads with me.

    I started out at 5:30 am to give plenty of daylight and to make our dinner reservation at our favorite restaurant in South Shore (Café Fiore). I had the Rose to Spooner section all to myself due to the early hour and it was as quiet on Spooner to Kingsbury until I ran into a few folks towards the end of that section. Conditions were good, and the temps were ideal for the sometimes dreaded climb up to the Bench.

    The new TRT section down to Kingsbury is great and obviously built with bikes in mind. At Kingsbury you have to head downhill to make the connection across to the new trail on the west side. Losing all that elevation was a bit alarming, as I knew the new trail up to Stagecoach, the normal start of the Punisher ride, was going to be tougher than the usual pavement spin to make the connection.

    At the start of the Punisher, I finally sat down to a short rest and to fuel up. The going gets tough here with spectacular views into Nevada, and lots of fun rocky terrain. Those step-ups onto rocky ledges would prove to get a little harder as the day wore on.
    Once I made it to Star I pumped water and relaxed a bit. The climb up Freel Peak is pretty easy, though the high point is about 9700’, and I was looking forward to the incredible descent down the other side. This would be my second trip over Freel for the season having done the Punisher a week earlier with Melinda.

    As expected the descent was spectacular and there was only one more pretty good climb to get over to Toads. I met up with Melinda, and we soon passed a couple suffering riders doing the Armstrong to Toads Loop. Like me, they would soon forget about their suffering once they started descending. Only saw 4 other riders and a couple hikers all day!

    After some top of the world views it was all downhill. Dropping into Toads with nearly 60 miles and almost 9000 feet of climbing completed was an interesting experience. Veal Saltimbocca in a Marsala sauce and a great Cabernet rounded out the day. This has to be one of the sweetest rides anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    Well almost solo. My sweetie shuttled me to the start on Mt. Rose Highway and then rode up Oneida / Armstrong Connector to meet me at Armstrong Pass many hours later and finish the ride down Toads with me.

    I started out at 5:30 am to give plenty of daylight and to make our dinner reservation at our favorite restaurant in South Shore (Café Fiore). I had the Rose to Spooner section all to myself due to the early hour and it was as quiet on Spooner to Kingsbury until I ran into a few folks towards the end of that section. Conditions were good, and the temps were ideal for the sometimes dreaded climb up to the Bench.

    The new TRT section down to Kingsbury is great and obviously built with bikes in mind. At Kingsbury you have to head downhill to make the connection across to the new trail on the west side. Losing all that elevation was a bit alarming, as I knew the new trail up to Stagecoach, the normal start of the Punisher ride, was going to be tougher than the usual pavement spin to make the connection.

    At the start of the Punisher, I finally sat down to a short rest and to fuel up. The going gets tough here with spectacular views into Nevada, and lots of fun rocky terrain. Those step-ups onto rocky ledges would prove to get a little harder as the day wore on.
    Once I made it to Star I pumped water and relaxed a bit. The climb up Freel Peak is pretty easy, though the high point is about 9700’, and I was looking forward to the incredible descent down the other side. This would be my second trip over Freel for the season having done the Punisher a week earlier with Melinda.

    As expected the descent was spectacular and there was only one more pretty good climb to get over to Toads. I met up with Melinda, and we soon passed a couple suffering riders doing the Armstrong to Toads Loop. Like me, they would soon forget about their suffering once they started descending. Only saw 4 other riders and a couple hikers all day!

    After some top of the world views it was all downhill. Dropping into Toads with nearly 60 miles and almost 9000 feet of climbing completed was an interesting experience. Veal Saltimbocca in a Marsala sauce and a great Cabernet rounded out the day. This has to be one of the sweetest rides anywhere.

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    That's one helleva ride. Going solo's ballsy. did you have cell reception up there?
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    I called Melinda from Kingsbury area to let her know she should start thinking about heading over to Oneida/Armstrong to start pedaling up to meet me. That worked fine. Cell coverage comes and goes in the high country there.

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    Nice work.

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    nice ride.

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    mans game. nice ride. thanks for sharing
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    Nice going Ron. Wish I could pull that one off, but I don't have a whole lot left after the standard punisher. Props for doing it solo!

    BTW - who took the "top of the world" photo?

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    great ride!

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    This ride is on my list.... done most of those sections, but never all at once, nice job
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    Nice job! The two times I've done it have been solo also. Nothing cooler than watching the sunrise on the Rose section.

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    Nice!!

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    Fairfaxian: Melinda rode up to Armstrong Pass and finished the last climb and descended Toads with me. Yes, I owe you a shitload of Blind Pig beer. I look forward to that! Let's schedule something soon.

    Nutball: Ya, I actually left by moonlight and watched the sun come up about 5 miles in. Pretty amazing. Nothing like it.

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    Nice work, that's when I normally try to start also, something special about being up there that early especially solo and no one is around, fun to be able to hammer through the flume without a sole to worry about.
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    Awesome. I really want to do this ride sometime.
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    So did you "cheat" & take the Flume or opt for our recent "fun" variation?
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    Truly epic!

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    Uber for sure! And with stops for pix too!! Nice job.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    JMac: Ya the pix slowed me down! Funny how towards at the end they were out of focus, aimed poorly and basically lame. If the ride had been much longer I'm not sure I would have remembered how to operate the camera. Some years back I climbed a 20,000'++ peak in South America. I had a GPS with me that while at the summit completely mystified me, despite its simple operation 5000' lower.

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    No that's cool. Just impressed with the ride! Didn't look like no "sissy" xc bike either.
    We're do back up there mid sept for an mtb group weekend and are planning something similar for the "big" ride.....as in partial....only one other in group could even think about that complete route of yours, let alone partake in doing it.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    JMac: Your group might enjoy the regular "Punisher" from Stagecoach to Toads. It's got some hike-a-bike but the ride really samples some of the best terrain in Tahoe. You can also bail early at Armstrong Pass, and still have a fun downhill. Sept should be great.

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    We've sampled some

    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    JMac: Your group might enjoy the regular "Punisher" from Stagecoach to Toads. It's got some hike-a-bike but the ride really samples some of the best terrain in Tahoe. You can also bail early at Armstrong Pass, and still have a fun downhill. Sept should be great.
    Just not all. One group ride will most likely be Rose-Marlette Peak-Chimney Beach. Then probably a Spooner-Kings, then split with some bailing over to Onidas and do some Connector/corral shuttle runs while we cross over to new section (Stagecoach??) To Freel/Starr and drop Armstrong/lower connector/corral etc. Think that will get our fix on!
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Very cool, and I'm impressed you had the energy for "date" at Cafe Fiore following the ride!
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    It's Obvious!

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    Very cool, and I'm impressed you had the energy for "date" at Cafe Fiore following the ride!
    The ronski is a hopeless romantic with his partner aswell as his MtB'ing.....
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    Ronski, the pix you posted from your "Lil' spin" (Jeez!) are all sharp, well aimed, not lame.
    I especially like photo 2 Genoa Bench- your pony powder coated with trail goodness, blending with the bench, rock, lichen, geography, Desolation Wilderness.
    You probably didn't even sit on that bench for a spell- aiming for the next trail moment, dreaming of perhaps the Toads descent... Thanks for the pix!

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    Super Kudos!!

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    What a great ride, I think this is one I will need to work on, the pics. are great. I did Tahoe Meadows to and down Chimney Beach on Sat. and now would like to do this. Great stuff

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    Thanks you guys. Fortunately Melinda loves to ride, and she's really good! Cafe Fiore has all of 7 tables indoors (and a few outside), very romantic. I wouldn't miss it! Epic Ride + Sweetie + Dinner = Bliss!

    Cwix, I wanted to rest a spell at the bench but had to keep moving. My first stop, other than for pictures wasn't until the start of the "Punisher" above the Heavenly Stagecoach parking area, which comes up after the new section of TRT after Kingsbury Grade.

    Fortunately I only had one minor mechanical when my seat came loose. 2 minute fix.

    Looking forward to the next big ride!

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    Just added a few more pictures from the Uber Punisher ride if anyone is interested...

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    Great pics, of course we're interested!!

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    Legend! Nice work, ronski. One of these days I'm gonna do it, damnit....

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    wow, that's really impressive.

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    Next week

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    wow, that's really impressive.
    We'll do that ride when you come up next week

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