Silver Lake CA to Folsom CA. 85 miles.  Mainly downhill but hot!

Today’s ride had a reroute that added 6 to 8 miles to the ride.  The reroute took us through many vineyards and wineries.  It was beautiful so we received an extra bonus due to the reroute.  This was a relatively easy ride but adding in the heat we still suffered.  By the time I got in, as an early rider, it was already 100 degrees.  For the late riders they were riding in 103 to 104 temperatures.

Carson City NV to Silver Lake CA.  58 miles.  Our final state crossing… California

Today we had our final state crossing.  The ride to the state line was easy and for the most part downhill.  Our actual route did not have a state line sign so we went on to a highway to find an actual sign.  It was somewhat disappointing.  The sign was one of the smallest we found.  This one shows Kye and I.  Without Kye none of this would have been possible

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And another with Brandon.

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After the state crossing we started our last major climb.   We knew it was going to be a hard one but not this difficult.  It was steep and long.  This may not have been the hardest but it definitely ranked in the top 5 climbs.  I stopped a number of times to rest my legs, drink water and eat crackers.  The other issue was I thought the summit was 2 miles farther than it actually was.  Kye and Brandon were waiting for me at basically the top and they had a hard time convincing me I had made it.

Then the downhill was rough due to a lot of construction.  I rode my breaks a lot just so I could see and avoid holes and groves.  I finally made it down to Silver Lake camp site and not a moment too soon.

The camp did not have any showers.  Not even the garden hose model.  The night was cool, almost cold.

Fallon NV to Carson City NV 62 Miles Brandon joins us today.

Today I rode by myself all day.   I am excited because Brandon, my youngest son, will be joining us for the remaining days of the ride.  He will be helping Kye and doing all the driving.  It will be a big relief for Kye and I am glad he will be able to experience the ride first hand.  He is the master mind behind this blog so he knows firsthand what we have been doing, but there is nothing like seeing it firsthand.

I took off at 6:45 to get a jump on the day.  We had a steady increase in elevation all day but all toll we only climbed a 1000 feet.  I was ahead of the rest stop vans at the second stop but Kye handled everything. We are getting back into civilization since each rest stop was at a convenience store.  Little things still make us happy.

I got in Carson City a little after noon so I had time to get cleaned up before Brandon arrived.  We camped at Camp ‘N Town KOA site.  It was a nice facilities that even had laundry facilities.  It rained twice during the night but in the morning you couldn’t tell it by looking at the ground.  The rain was soaked up like a sponge.

Middlegate NV to Fallon NV 48 miles.  Easy short day

Nothing very exciting in today’s ride except there wasn’t anywhere to buy breakfast so Kye stepped up and fixed some for me and others.    The ride was more of the same as the last few days.  I saw my first windmill since leaving Kansas.

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I don’t know how they water their stock here in the desert without windmills.  As we approached Fallon our progress slowed because our attention was occupied by watching jet fighters flying in formation, landing and taking off.  That is because this is the home of the “Top Gun” training school.

Everyone spent the night in a hotel room.  It was a nice break after the dirt in Middlegate.