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America’s Most Beautiful Ride

May 19, 2016

 

Do not let the “alluring title” fool you, this ride is tough AND so worth doing! I have lived in Tahoe for 10 years and had yet to ride around Lake Tahoe…mostly for fear of distracted drivers.  This year, two of my sisters started road riding and training for a metric century and as an after thought they decided to sign up for this adventure as well.  With some urging I agreed to join them.  The ride is a sell out every year (3500 riders) and benefits the Leukemia Society.  Many teams donning “team in training” jerseys were out for the challenge.  I chose to “represent” LUNA Chix and wore my full kit…thank you CAPO…I looked great! The views above Emerald Bay were spectacular and what a relief to get this BEAST out of the way early! An incredible ride through Meeks Bay, Rubicon and into Homewood…I seldom get to the west shore of Lake Tahoe, rolling hills and beautiful forest all around.  Back to civilization as we entered Tahoe City headed to our lunch stop in Kings Beach…but before we could get there…DOLLAR HILL…ugh.  It does not look too fierce when driving in a car…so glad when we reached the top…total grinder. Guess what, still had Spooner Summit to contend with at mile 50…whoopee…Lunch was great at Kings Beach, same sight as the Lake Tahoe IRONMAN.  Big Shout out to LTWC—“Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center” for providing lunch and volunteers.  After scarfing chips, brownies and popping a few Advil and complaining about my soreness…off we went. Spooner Summit, how tough could it be you ask…tough enough that it has a rest stop half way through the 9 mile climb and a 2nd rest stop at the tough.  Turning on to HWY 50…almost home except for the 4 mile white knuckle descent through Cave Rock and a few more short, yet grueling climbs through Zephyr Cove.  All the way while riding on HWY 50 I followed a Team in Training person whose jersey read “Dig Deep”...I could not bring my self to pass her as her mantra had carried me through when my legs wanted to quit.  What a thrill seeing the Hard Rock Hotel in our sights and the finish line balloon arch….the cow bells and roars of the crowd gave me goose bumps and a sens of pride…one person who cheered for me and said ‘looking good LUNA”...I wear my finisher medal with pride.

 

 

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