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    Tahoe kicked my butt

    It seems no amount of winter riding can prepare me for those first few Tahoe rides of the season. Yesterday (6/9) I did my Armstrong Pass Loop: up and over Armstrong pass, out to Scotts Lake, up the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) to Pacific Crest Trail, up the TRT from Big Meadow to the top of Toads, TRT back down Armstrong. This is already a tough ride, and this early in the season it was especially tough. And the near record high temperatures did not help. It was about 90 degrees on the big climb up the TRT to the top of Toads, even at 9,400 ft. So I decided to stop and take more photos than usual and geotag them. All the photos are displayed on a map here. I also took my water filter and had some nice cool mountain water half way up the big climb. On a brighter note, I continued greatly improving my switchback riding, which has always sucked.















































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    Great pics, thanks

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    Re: Tahoe kicked my butt

    Great looking ride!

    Sent from my Android in the great outdoors.

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    Looks beautiful ... and holy sh!t that Garmin elevation report!

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    Thanks for the share.../jealous

    Curious, what type of gearing (chainring) do you have, single, double, triple ?
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    Stuck in TX, homesick and counting the days. . .Thanks for this post

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    It was hot, but maybe even hotter today before the storms rolled in about 3pm. Nice ride!!

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    Good Job!
    Jealous.
    But not of the 90 degree heat though.
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    Every time you post these gorgeous pictures, I think, "Holy Crap. I NEED to go ride out there someday." It looks like a great mix of technical rocky riding and fast, buff singletrack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stop619 View Post
    Curious, what type of gearing (chainring) do you have, single, double, triple ?
    SRAM 2x10, but it doesn't matter since I'm mostly in my granny gear on this ride!

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    You are bad ass. I could never ride
    that, props to you.

    PS, beautiful pics.

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    I am going to Tahoe next month!! Which Garmin do you use? Are the trails well marked? I plan to do the Flume trail, Mr Toads etc. I have a whole week of riding planned. Bringing my 08 Ellsworth Epiphany and I may setup my 29er which is currently a SS as a geared bike for this trip.
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    Thanks for the awesome pictures, wolfman. I'm moving to Reno this summer, so I can't wait to begin to explore the Tahoe area. Trails out there look amazing to say the least.

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    Remarkable pics! I sorta recognize about half of those places. I've ridden very little around Tahoe but I've skied all around the TRT, armstrong pass, big meadows, etc. Looks a lot different without 8' of snow!

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    Nice, makes me homesick. I grew up just down the road in Christmas Valley. These are my old stomping grounds. I plan to pass through this summer, maybe I'll see ya out there.

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    Gorgeous landscape!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    ...Which Garmin do you use? Are the trails well marked? I plan to do the Flume trail, Mr Toads etc....
    Garmin 800 and yes most trails are well marked. But I have links to most of the maps of the area on my site.

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    I kicked back

    Since I was not very satisfied with that ride I did it again today. Much easier, faster, and I felt good at the end. Did the big climb 40 minutes faster. Even added a bit by missing a turn.


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    I'd say that's pretty damned impressive WW, especially for a guy who a few years ago could barely get out for his bum knees I'd be super happy if I could get out for that amount of time and climbing these days, right now 3.5 hours out and2500-3k feet is about it for me. As usual, great pics, but you need to rope in TahoeTic and some others to include some riders in the pics
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    Always love your Tahoe pics, props for tackling such a brutish ride.

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    How do you prepare for a ride that long? I am lucky to make 20-25 miles without bonking!
    Too wet to ride!

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    Nice ride and great job! I know many have said it, but thanks for the awesome photos...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooperator View Post
    How do you prepare for a ride that long? I am lucky to make 20-25 miles without bonking!
    When riding you are first using the carbohydrates from the food you ate the past few days. Then you switch to fats, which I have plenty of. So I make sure I keep up my carbohydrates. Ride morning if I'm home I just eat my normal bowl of Grapenuts. If on the road I always eat the same thing at Denny's: eggs over medium, hash browns, whole wheat pancakes, a biscuit and decaf coffee.

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    Awesome pics, Steve! I love the Tahoe trails.
    Gotta throw in a descent down Toad's or Armstrong connector for the next time. It's well worth the extra climbing up Fountain Place Rd.

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    Wow! Can't wait to get up there and ride this summer...great pics and thanks for the stoke!

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