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) ____________________________________________ 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 $). ____________________________________________ 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) ____________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________ 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) ____________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________ 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) ____________________________________________ 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). ____________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ 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 ____________________________________________ 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. ____________________________________________ 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.