A Two-Day Ride to Lake Tahoe and Back
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Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:29 pm quote
In mid-May I took an overnight trip to Lake Tahoe. The first day was 205 miles across the Sacramento Valley and up into the Sierras, mostly using Hwy's 160, 104 and 88. I spent the night at Kingsbury, on the southeast corner of the Tahoe rim. The second day covered 312 miles that included a ride around the lake then Hwy 4 back to Walnut Creek.

On both days the temperature ranged from 45 to 90 degrees so there were a few stops to add or subtract layers of clothing. The roads were clear of snow and mostly dry. It was between seasons in the Tahoe Basin so there were relatively few tourists and the ride was pleasant. Here are some pictures.

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Lots of draw bridges across the Sacramento River on Hwy 160 (the "River Road")

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Rancho Seco nuclear power plant was decommissioned in 1989 after a series of mishaps.

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A 200 MW solar farm is now being constructed on the land around the power plant

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Lots of roadside attractions in the Sierra Foothills

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Kirkwood Meadows

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The ice was getting thin on Caples Lake.

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No chance of an avalanche at this time of year, but it's fun tho see the sign.

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The road around Lake Tahoe is 76 miles long and includes a mixture of developed and undeveloped areas.

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Emerald Bay and the lake beyond

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The outlet from Lake Tahoe is this dam at Tahoe City.

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The casinos on the Nevada side of the lake are usually reliable stops for food.

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Out of the Tahoe Basin on Hwy 89 headed south

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More snow as I approached the pass

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A stop at Silver Lake on Hwy 4, headed west down the hill towards home

Ossessionato
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Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:03 pm quote
M- Great shots! Thanks for sharing
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Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:07 am quote
Great ride report Bilbo! Thanks!

Molto Verboso
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Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:19 am quote
Very cool -- many places I remember as a kid -- and glad to see there's still some snow up there!
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Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:28 am quote
Beautiful place you live in
Addicted
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Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:58 am quote
Fun-tastic! Looks like a great ride. Very nice pics. What a juxtaposition - scooter and snow...ha ha.
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Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:48 pm quote
Thanks everyone for your comments. I enjoy reading other's ride reports and it's been six months since my last contribution to this forum, so I thought it's about time for me to post something.

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Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:08 pm quote
I enjoyed that. Thanks.
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Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:51 pm quote
Nice ride and amazing trip!

Thanks for sharing.
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Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:05 am quote
Thanks for taking me along. Great pics
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Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:15 am quote
Very nice. Ever needed the extra gas?
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Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:33 pm quote
Thanks Rocky and Michael. I did use the extra gas, not out of necessity, but for convenience. I learned the benefits of having extra gas on a cross-country trip last year. My posts from that trip are now buried a few pages down in this forum.
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Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:30 pm quote
Beautiful Scenery - Excellent Photos
Bilbo,

Another great adventure well documented. You ventured
along way from the Shire on this one.

Thanks for sharing.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
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Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:52 pm quote
Thank you Bob.
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