Bones to Blue Resupply Notes - 2018
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Bones to Blue Resupply Notes
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Travel betweenTrip Total
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SectionStartMilesGain (ft)EndMilesGain (ft)Service at End
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1Truckee (Start)407,069Soda Springs407,069
Beacon Gas Station (6am-10pm); 1 mile farther to Soda Springs General Store (8am-7pm)
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2Soda Springs233,109Truckee6310,178
Rolling through town - Pizza, Save Mart, Subway, McDonalds, Burger Me, Circle K (24hrs)
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3Truckee377,043Incline Village10017,221
7-Eleven (24hrs surprisingly good food selection), Raley's grocery (7am-11pm lock your bike)
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4Incline Village399,615Summit Village13926,836Fox & Hound Bar & Grill (7:30am-1am), Tramway Market (7am-11pm)
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5Summit Village347,130Meyers17333,966
1 mile off route - cafe (6am-2pm), Liras Supermarket (7am-8pm), two gas stations (6am-11pm)
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6Meyers111,518Fallen Leaf Lake18435,484
Small Store (10am-6pm, closed 12pm-1pm chips, ice cream, drinks) spigot in front of store
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7Fallen Leaf Lake171,775Tahoma20237,259
Tahoma Market (6:30am-7pm good sandwich bar), 2 miles farther to Obexer's Store (7am-8pm)
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8Tahoma284,640Squaw Valley23041,8997-Eleven (24hrs)
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9Squaw Valley214,013Donner Memorial (Finish)25145,912Drinking fountain outside near front of museum entrance, park has unlocked wifi
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*Note: Elevation gain may be overestimated by as much as 20% (so it's not as bad as it looks)
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Navigate 1 track at a time ("Go" on Garmin)
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Primitive section (towards end of Section 3)
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~7 miles before Incline Village, the trail becomes very “faded”. The trail is harder to find for about a 1 mile.
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Don’t worry about being directly on the gpx track. If you can't find the trail, just bushwhack in the general direction of the track.
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Eventually, the trial will be very distinct when it starts to climb the slope on your left side
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Marlette Lake (Section 4)
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Camping in the Marlette Lake basin is prohibited. It looks enticing, but please don't! Continue up the short dirt road climb away from the lake to find plenty of good, legal camping spots.
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Bike Path along West Shore of Lake Tahoe (Sections 7 & 8)
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After riding the road around Emerald Bay, a bike path starts around Sugar Pine Point and parallels the road (sometimes crossing sides).
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Riding the bike path is OPTIONAL. The road has a descent shoulder and the bike path can be busy with families. RIde whatever you are comfortable with.
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Yogi's Trial (towards end of Section 9)
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After climbing on a dirt/jeep road to a ridge below Tinker's Knob, you will descend some along the ridge and then get on Yogi's trail for a final, big descent to Truckee.
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Yogi's is a local trail that is "hidden" from motos. Every junction with a road is purposely obscured. Do the right thing and walk your bike at these junctions.
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If you scratch
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Send email to forest.on.bike@gmail.com and smorris@topofusion.com with the subject: "bones to blue scratch"
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There are buses with bike racks that run from South Lake Tahoe back to Truckee. Just Google directions and select the “transit” option.
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Meeting racers at the finish
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Your family/friends can avoid the Donner Memorial parking fee by parking along the road outside of the park and walking in. Monument can be seen from the road.
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The lights on the monument turn off at 12am every night and there is free wifi near the monument
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