First up was Silver Lake to Horse Thief. Well, in all honesty, I'm not sure I would recommend this ride. Last year, my dad and I did this one and we got turned around by a snow bank. And in the end, riding down the way we came up was more fun because although there was some hike-a-biking on the way up, it was nearly all rideable on the way down. But this time we didn't get turned around and that basically meant we got to do a lot more walking and walking has a way of zapping your rhythm and then your motivation.
|Emigrant Trail. Clearly no one told the immigrants about switchbacks.|
|We rode down the side of the mountain to the right.|
|The snow bank that turned us around last summer.|
|Horse Thief. Pretty destroyed by motorcycles up top.|
|Anthracite Ridge, I think they call it.|
On the hunt for another 5 hour ride with some technical riding, I planned a ride that started at Big Meadow TH off 89, climbed along the Tahoe Rim Trail to Freel Peak (at 9,300 feet), and dropped to Star Lake. It was epic.
|Tahoe's sandy singletrack.|
|More of it.|
|Getting closer to Freel Peak.|
|And closer . . .|
|View from Freel Peak.|
|And another one.|
|Me at Star Lake.|
In the end, with intervals on the days between trips to Tahoe, I rode for 6 days straight and 20+ hours. And though I'm sure I ate more calories than I burned, I appear to be down another couple of pounds. Hope it helps this weekend at the Tahoe 59er. Next up, Flume Trail tomorrow with the hubster and pups.