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Old 09-26-06, 07:52 PM   #1
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San Francisco to Lake Tahoe tour journal

In an earlier thread, I asked about riding from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. I recently did this ride, except I went to Carson City instead of climbing over Luther Pass and going to Lake Tahoe.

In all, it took me 9 days to get to Carson City and back to San Francisco, which included one rest day in Carson City. For the most part, I followed the ACA's Western Express map 1. I had a very difficult day of climbing that ended with my sleeping on a stone floor. Much of the scenery is fantastic and I took lots of pictures. Standing in Carson Pass (elevation 8574) is one of those thrills that defines the allure of bike touring.

I've posted a complete trip journal for those interested in the full story, complete with many, many pictures.

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Right on Raybo! You did good but look so sad and pitiful on that stone floor. That would suck bad! Thanks for sharing your ride with me.
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wow that was amazing....I've been to many of those places.
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What did you have in your panniers? I'm am not trying to be rude, but I just got back from a 7 day trip camping and cooking every night and I had 2 panniers plus my tent and pad on top of the rack. 4 full panniers seems like alot to me.
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The four panniers weren't full.

I took three pairs of shorts and jerseys, 4 pairs of sox, 1 pair of pants, 2 t-shirts, 1 pair of walking shoes, 1 pound each peanuts and raisins, wind jacket, 2 pairs of biking gloves, energy bars, gatorade powder, a
toiletries kit.

I like having extra room and I have four panniers so why not use all of them? I think it better balances the bike. I have found that going uphill with a lot of weight on the back is more difficult that with a balanced load.

I figure it was 15 to 20 pounds.

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I'm familiar with the route except mostly along 80...great photos...and way to go, 3 cheers to you!
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