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    Tahoe Super Punisher+

    Yesterday X-FXR kindly dropped me off at Spooner Summit and I headed for Freel Pass with the intention of going down Armstrong. The five mile climb straight from the parking lot with no warm-up was really tough, and I haven't felt the altitude that much in years. But seemingly all of a sudden I reached the top in a reasonable time. The next seven miles on the way to Kingsbury is perhaps my favorite trail and I had pretty good skills. At the end of the trail I removed my pack to make some adjustments and I set my camera on the trail marker post. About five miles later I stopped to take a photo and realized I had left my camera. It would be a long uphill back, my business card with cell phone number was in the camera bag, and I knew the camera wouldn't be there anyway. So nearly all photos are from my cell phone.

    I'm calling this ride The Super Punisher+ because I stayed on the Tahoe Rim Trail, rather than taking the pavement between Kingsbury and Heavenly, and I continued on down the famous Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. The massive hike-a-bike, perhaps totalling a full mile, both before and after Star Lake totally sapped my energy and enthusiasm, killed my knees, and reminded me why we called only a 25 mile ride The Punisher. About a half mile of trail toward the top of Toads is serious downhilling, and totally un-ride able for me. But after that I did pretty well. This would be a great ride if it weren't for the massive hike-a-bike sections. As I expected, when I finished I had a phone message regarding my camera and I retrieved it from a hiker who had picked it up.

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    Tahoe Super Punisher+

    Epic journey and pics thx for sharing!

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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    Excellent wherewolf! Those switchbacks and the rest of the climb from
    Spooner up to the bench surely are a rough way to start a ride!

    Great shots, can't wait to get back home next month and hit some of that same route!

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    Love these post, Thanks

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    Thanks for taking the time to post those pics. I am injured from work, and not on the bike for 2 weeks, so this really fires me up to continue shoulder exercises.

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    Beautiful. Looks like a fun place to ride
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

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    hey steve,

    u make great photos with ur phone!

    41 miles and 6700' vert = bad a.s.s.

    p.s. cyclelicious: saw this bumper sticker the other day:

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