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					             True Blue Tahoe
     LAKE TAHOE &
   SIERRA FOOTHILLS

    tentative schedule & details
         10 days w/8.5 days cycling.
   NOTE: DRY season; rain not really an issue



Friday 9/1         OPTIONAL EARLY ARRIVAL
                   (slightly higher trip cost; but can
                   stay at the Victorian mansion if
                   booked in sufficient time; talk to
                   Susan)

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Saturday 9/2  5BBC trip starts w/lodging Sat. night

                   ARRIVE/TRANSFERS - Sacramento Airport (SMF) preferably as early as possible (early AM flight out of
              NYC. Transit options            to accommodations (once you have                luggage and are inside transport,
              it’s ~½ hour by cab, 1 hour once on bus, or up to 1 hour in a shared van with other
              downtown destinations, to reach hostel):
                       1) share a cab (taxi line at airport; approx. $27 + tip to hostel) with other cyclists
                           arriving about the same time; take I-5 South to J St. exit to 10th St; hostel is 2
                           blocks north.
                       2) Yolo bus #42A Airport hourly to Downtown (Public transit stops across from
                           both Terminal A&B) cost; = $1.50;map & schedule: http://www.yolobus.com/m3.html (530) 666-
                                               th
                           2877 from $1) to 9 & K Streets; walk a few blocks to hostel
                       3) SuperShuttle for shared van ride (~$11 to downtown) 800-BLUE VAN (258-3826) or book online
                           http://www.supershuttle.com/htm/cities/smf.htm

                                             LODGING - HI-USA/Sacramento, our Gold-rush
                                             era Victorian mansion
                                             (hostel/dorm rooms) – 925 H
                                                      th    th
                                             Street (9 & 10 Streets)
                                             916/443-1691 800/909-
                                             4776 #40 (2 nights)


                   http://www.norcalhostels.org/sac/index.html Must
                   have valid government-issued picture identification
                   card (passport, driver's license, or state or military ID card). Check-in is from 7:30-10AM & 5-11PM

                   AFTERNOON - check in, assemble/test bike

                   OPTIONAL BIKE RIDE- through downtown capitol area and residential neighborhoods. Visit
                   nearby bike shop City Bicycle Works 2419 K Street (@ 24th) 916 447 453 7 days; Sat 10-6;
                   Sun 11-5) M-F 10-7.

                   ALTERNATIVES:

              1.   Old Town - wonderful - restored historic http://www.oldsacramento.com/pdf/oldsac.pdf
                   http://www.oldsacramento.com/ drift around (cycle or walk over).
              2.   California State RR Museum (111 I St @ 2nd St.) fantastic - 21+ locomotives and more period
                   cars; lavish model train displays; historic lifestyle vignettes http://www.csrmf.org/doc.asp?id=286
                   $8/closes@ 5PM.
                                                                             nd
              3.   Wells Fargo History Museum & working office 1000 2 St. 916-440-4263 10-5 daily free
             4.   Sutter’s Fort (K&L Streets @ 27th Street) Sacramento’s earliest settlement 10-5 916-445-4422.
                  http://search.parks.ca.gov/cgi-




                 bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=143&EXTRA_ARG=&CFGNAME=MssFind%2Ecfg&host_id=42&page
                 _id=7341056&query=sutter&hiword=sutter+
             5. California State Fair http://www.bigfun.org/2005/index.asp
             6. Gold rush Days Festival Gold Rush era is recreated in Old Sacramento, with historic characters,
                 covered wagons and horse-drawn carriages, street dramas, musicians, dancers, arts and crafts,
                 and exhibits; the streets of Old Sacramento are covered with dirt and only horse-drawn vehicles
                 are permitted
             7. Greek Food Festival Friday- Sunday, Convention Center Exhibit Halls B-E. Contact Phone:
                 (916) 730-4191 Cost: price TBA. At door only
                 http://www.annunciation.ca.goarch.org/festival/photos.php
             8. Escher Exhibit/Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street. www.crockerartmuseum.org (916) 264-5423
             9. Ride to Davis (bike capital of California; either over to Davis (west side of Sacramento River, OR
                 around Capital and some neighborhoods, OR visit the terrific Wells Fargo Museum and the
             10. Ride around capital area of Sacramento.
             11. Tour historic governor’s mansion http://www.stanfordmansion.org/ When the California
                 Legislature is NOT in Session: The Mansion will be open daily for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                 (last tour begins at 4 p.m.). $8

                 DINNER – freelance/explore, or join Susan and whoever wants within group for nice local dinner
             (on own $).

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Sunday 9/3        BREAKFAST – local establishment

                  BIKE RIDE - TO CLARKSBURG & TOWARD SACRAMENTO RIVER DELTA & LEVEES (~Early
                  departure (it gets HOT and/or possibly windy) Follow the Sacramento River trail south, then pass through
                  quiet neighborhoods. Cycle along raised levees, orchards, farms, river sloughs (canals) and sleepy
                  backwater parts, a ferry crossing, then loop back to Sacramento through different scenic ‘hoods. Buy lunch
                  in tranquil Clarksburg (Holland Market 916.744.1510 - 52945 Netherlands Ave, Clarksburg, CA 95612-
                  5007)

                  AFTERNOON ALTERNATIVES – Options 1-11 from Saturday.

                  DINNER – restaurant in Old Town Sacramento

                  LODGING – Victorian mansion/hostel (2nd of 2 nights)

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Monday 9/4        LUGGAGE - pack/luggage ready to be transported from hostel/mansion; will be transferred to our next
                  hotel stop while we cycle point-to-point. Bring along bathing suit & camp towel.

                  BREAKFAST - local establishment OR breakfast in at hostel w/shared cook/ clean responsibilities
              ALTERNATIVE(s) – Any cyclist who wants to stay in Sacramento longer, or not cycle as much, can leave
              later and take the light rail (allows controlled # of bicycles on each train/car) from downtown Sacramento to
              the end of the line in Folsom city (cycles permitted). THERE’S ALSO: Sacramento chalk drawing festival
              9/4 10-5 10-6 Fremont Park 15th & P Streets http://www.chalkitup.org/sponsors.html & many of Options 1-
              10 from Sat.

              BIKE RIDE – AMERICAN RIVER TRAIL/NATOMAS FISH HATCHERY CITY/LAKE
                                                 NATOMAS/OLD FOLSOM – (~35 miles)
                                                 Wind out of Sacramento thru Art Deco &
                                                 Victorian building, past Blue Diamond
                                                 Almond Growers Cooperative (world's largest tree nut processing
                                                 & marketing company). The American River bike trail is
                                                 considered one of the most successful and beautifully paved bike
                                                 paths in northern
                                                 California (a.k.a.
              “
              J
              e
              d
              ediah Smith National Recreation
              Trail”)
              http://www.saccycle.com/bikewaymap
              s/map6.htm.

              Brief visit Nimbus Salmon/Steelhead fish Hatchery for fish ladder at Folsom Dam , visitor center (rest
              rooms, snacks, shade & info, spawning ponds) http://packyourgear.com/California/Nimbus-Fish-
              Hatchery.aspx http://www.recreation.gov/detail.cfm?ID=26
              http://www.folsomlakemarina.com/trail_map.html

              DESTINATION - Beals Point Beach/Lake Natomas/end of bike trail/FOLSOM. Play/swim/R&R; watch the
              Sierras to the East.

              AREA – Folsom City http://www.historicfolsom.com/historytour.htm Gold
              discovered by African American miners (remember “Negro Bar” along Lake
              Folsom?).

              FOLSOM ALTERNATIVES :

                       1) Gekkeikan Sake tasting and self-guided tour Old Folsom M-F.
                            10AM – 4PM 1136 Sibley St. (916) 985-3111 www.gekkeikan-
                            sake.com
                            Mon. through Fri. (SR to check if open holiday Monday)
                       2)   Folsom Prison tour (no, Johnny Cash never slept here)
                       3)   Old Folsom - Browse blocks/stores. Folsom History Museum
                            www.folsomhistorymuseum.org Wed-
                            Sun 11-4 (SR to check if tour
                            possible). 823 Sutter Street Original
                            1860 Wells Fargo & Co. Assay Office.
                            Gold Rush and Pony Express-era
                            histories are highlighted. Antique quilts
                            featured in September. OR I mile
                            historic walking tour.

              LODGING – Lake Natoma Inn, Folsom City; 3PM earliest check-in (2 nights)

              DINNER – All-you-can-eat pizza restaurant in Old Folsom

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Tuesday 9/5   BREAKFAST Karen's Bakery Cafe & Catering (916) 985-2665 705 Gold Lake Dr/Folsom (up the drive
              from Natoma Inn) www.karensbakery.com
              BIKE RIDE – LOOP to/from historic Auburn
              (~50 miles; shorter options available) Destination
              is this historic and profitable Sierra Gold town;
              great sights & atmosphere.
              Hilly area, very pretty.
              Lunch suggested on hillside
              above Old Town at ____
              (across from Joss House,                                   the old Chinese
              church)                                                    http://www.placer.ca.gov/museum/old-town-auburn-
              walking-tour.htm                                           http://www.visitplacer.com/wine_tours.htm
                                                                         http://www.auburnchamber.net/historical/histover.htm

              AROUND FOLSOM                                              ALTERNATIVES : #s 1-3 above, plus:

                       4) local bike ride – v. good local bike map & good local trails (less climbing than to/from Auburn)
                            http://www.folsom.ca.us/depts/parks_n_recreation/bike_trail
                            s/bike_map.asp
                       5)   quality lake/beach time
                       6)   Folsom Powerhouse Museum - Leidesdorff & Riley
                            916.988.0205 Built 1869 by H.P. Livermore, 2-story
                            Tennessee marble structure with original generators,
                            transformers, switchboards. When the powerhouse was in
                            operation, the transformers delivered from 800-11,000 volts
                            of electricity 22 miles downstream to Sacramento. All of the
                            old works including the canal system, which channeled
                            water from the dam are on view. FREE admission.
                            http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22909


              DINNER – Fun & yummy brewpub dinner in Old Folsom

                                                                nd
              LODGING – Lake Natoma Inn/Folsom City (2               of 2 nights)

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Wed. 9/6      BREAKFAST - local spot

              LUGGAGE - pack/luggage ready to be transported from motel; transferred
              to Sutter by Owner of Days Inn while we cycle point-to-point.

              BIKE RIDE –Sierra foothills/historic Sutter Creek (~45 miles) Wander
              out of the “pre-hills”, leaving the flatter parts of California’s central valley, and up into the rolling
              foothills of El Dorado County. Pass horse farms/paddocks, orchards, grape fields, and wineries.
              Some extra neat long distance scenic views. Possible stop for winery
              visit en route. We are booked to a visit historic gold operations, and
              guided tour descent into mine.

                                                    LODGING – Days Inn
                                                    Motel/Sutter Creek (1
                                                    night)

                                                DINNER – Neat family-
                                                owned Italian restaurant
                                                in preserved historic old town (fun local spot; maybe sample
              local wines). Sutter Creed Wine Tasting (possible) 85 Main Street 209.296.1800 Rod Ruthel




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Thursday 9/7   BREAKFAST - provided by motel. LUGGAGE - /luggage ready to be transported from motel;
               transferred to Kirkwood by Owner of Days Inn while we cycle.

               BIKE RIDE – Volcano, Daffodil Hill, Kit Carson Gap, Emigrant Trail into Kirkwood Meadows –
               Ready, set - -                               go. Awesome route, and probably the hardest, with the
                                                            most                          altitude gain, we’ll do this
                                                            whole
                                                            trip.
                                                            We
                                                            cycle
                                                            quiet
               and shady back roads up to and through the scenic town of Volcano.
               Pioneers got oxen and wagons (single-
               geared!) over this route, we can, too!

               Kit Carson pass
               http://pweb.jps.net/~prichins/cpass.htm
               http://www.deathride.com/course/map.php

               LODGING – 2 large private condos at
               Kirkwood Meadows ski resort (1 night)

               DINNER – Kirkwood Inn (Pony Express station)

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Friday 9/8     BREAKFAST - Monty Wolf’s Deli, Kirkwood resort (ask
               who MW was!)

               LUGGAGE Pack/luggage ready to be transported from motel; will be
               transferred to Tahoe while we cycle point-to-point. Bring bathing suit, camp
               towel, shower supplies.

               BIKE RIDE – Markleeville, Grover Hot
               Springs, Woodfords Pony Express Stop,
               Carson Valley (for those who want the distance
               - - historic Genoa/Mormon Station in Nevada’s
               oldest town and Genoa bar the oldest “thirst
               parlor”. Also optional 6 mile graded route climb to
               Tahoe basin ridge; then the blessed
               (steep/twisting) descent.
                                                               Town
                                                               of
                                                                                              Markleville




               http://totalescape.com/destin/all_towns/markleeville.html
                Grover Hot Springs & Pool Information 530.694.2249/8 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=508
               LODGING – Cedar Inn/South Lake Tahoe (3 nights) 932 Stateline Ave./Cedar Ave; diagonally
               across from Harvey’s Casino rear/side entrance & transport center) 888.822.0199 530 544.3665
               (fax=530.544.1576) www.cedarintahoe.com

               DINNER – Local sumptuous buffet “all you can eat” @ Horizon Casino (immediately west of Harvey’s,
               along Hwy. 50; cut through Harvey’s to Hwy. 50; then walk E. on sidewalk to Horizon).

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Saturday 9/9   BREAKFAST - Roadhouse Café @ Bill’s Casino/Harrah’s

                              BIKE RIDE – easy day around town
                              ACCLIMATE! (lakeside is 6200 feet
                              elevation). Cruise, play, rest between
                              days of harder rides.
                              Revel in awesome Lake
                              Tahoe and mountain
                              views. Visit the casinos.
                              Scenic gondola
                              ride/Heavenly Valley.
                              Prepare for next day’s
               event. Can also cycle around town, or go                               3 blocks to our private
               lakefront beach. Stock up with breakfast/snack items if you’re leaving extra early on Monday.

               Sunday Event Check-in - noon - 8:00 PM @ Tahoe Sports
                                       LTD/Village Shopping Center
                                       (near casinos/Stateline (&
                                       great supermarket next door)
                                       Pick up ride patch + water
                                       bottle + T-shirt.

               LODGING – Cedar Inn/SLT (2nd of 3 nights)

               DINNER – Prime Rib dinner at locals’ favorite casino

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Sunday 9/10      BREAKFAST - continental breakfast provided by lodge

                 BIKE RIDE – Tour de Tahoe/Bike Big Blue (72 miles, clockwise around Tahoe; 2,600 vertical ft
                                              elevation gain at altitude 6,300-7,100 feet above sea level
                                              http://www.bikethewest.com/Art/AMBBR-Elev.jpg ). Fantastic
                                              event, GROUP START TIME = 1 pre-set time within 6:30-7:30).



                 LOCATION = Horizon Hotel (near us). Drop
                                      st
                 bags provided at 1 2 rest stops for
                 transporting to finish the extra layers needed
                 at (chilly morning) start. Frequent, well
                 stocked rest stops & lunch provided; full
                 SAG support (& cutoff times
                 for SAG to next rest stop).
                 Photo at right is view from
                 Rest Stop #2.




                                           rd
                 LODGING – Cedar Inn/SLT (3 of 3 nights)

                 DINNER – After Ride Pool Party, meal, entertainment. BYO swimsuit/towel
                 (shower at our place)

                 BIKE – break down bike/pack

                 5BBC trip ends w/lodging Sun. night


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Monday 9/11      BREAKFAST - continental, provided by lodging (but some transportation alternatives may leave
                 too early to avail one’s self, so stock in advance)

                 DEPART/TRANSFERS The beauty of our location is that it’s diagonally across, and a stone’s throw, from
              SLT transit station (rear entrance to Harvey’s Casino!). Reservations required for both public transit
                 alternatives:
                           A. TO RENO - frequent, early, periodic private bus to Reno Airport. Fastest way is to walk a few
                                blocks & board at Caesars/Tahoe Casino
                                http://www.southtahoeexpress.com/index.cfm?ClickThruID=1154&partnerInterface=true

                          B. TO SACRAMENTO - AMTRAK that provides bus connection service to downtown
                              Sacramento AMTRAK station; only 2/day. Then to Sacramento Airport (SMF) via
                              SuperShuttle (suggested) for shared van ride (~$11 to downtown) 800-BLUE VAN (258-
                              3826) http://www.supershuttle.com/htm/cities/smf.htm OR Yolo bus #42B hourly to Airport or
                              private taxi (fastest: Airport Taxi Express 916.334.5555 or Airport Shuttle Taxi Svc
                              916.425.4078

                              AMTRAK BUS to - Sacramento

                              Bus #                 3437       3445 3451
                                                              3487
                              Days                 XSSH        Daily Daily
                                                              SSH
                                                                   .
                              Stateline/Harvey's 8:40a 9:20a 12:50p 5:15p
                              Sac, CA       Ar C11:55a C12:25p C 3:55p C 8:25p
                     C. TO RENO OR SACRAMENTO - rent a car in Tahoe/share with others, drive to/drop in
                         airports ($$ but OK shared and provides greatest flexibility). Drive time about 1.5 hours to
                         Reno airport (but you might want to stop in Genoa OR Carson City (state capital) en route
                         there. To Sacramento it’s about 2.5-3 hours.


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                                                                                     TO BRING (the start of a list!)
                                                                                             Govt I.D.
                                                                                             Hostel card (if have)
                                                                                             bathing suit
                                                                                             camp towel
                                                                                             lights for bike
                                                                                             hydration gear
                                                                                             (BIGTIME!)
                                                                                             4 tubes; possible extra
                                                                                             tire
                                                                                             power bars/snacks
                                                                                             first aid kit ?
                                                                                             self-sustainable bike
                                                                                             tools
                                                                                             cell phone (if have)
                                                                                        NOTE: can stock all
                                                                                        bike/food things in Sac.

				
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