Bones to Blue Resupply Notes - Version D
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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)315,630Soda Springs315,6300.25 miles off route - Soda Springs General Store (8am-7pm)
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2Soda Springs232,449Truckee548,079
Rolling through town - Pizza, Save Mart, Subway, McDonalds, Burger Me, Circle K (24hrs)
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3Truckee356,697Incline Village8914,776Cirlce K (24hrs) - more services 0.5 miles off route
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4Incline Village399,629Summit Village12824,405Fox & Hound Bar & Grill (7:30am-1am), Tramway Market (7am-11pm)
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5Summit Village336,850Meyers16231,255
1 mile off route - cafe (6am-2pm), Liras Supermarket (7am-8pm), two gas stations (6am-11pm)
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6Meyers142,507Fallen Leaf Lake17533,762General Store (10am-6pm, closed 12pm-1pm), spigot in front of store
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7Fallen Leaf Lake171,778Tahoma19335,540Tahoma Market (7am-6pm), Pizza
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8Tahoma284,534Squaw Valley22040,0747-Eleven (24hrs)
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9Squaw Valley194,465Donner Memorial (Finish)24044,539Drinking fountain outside near front of musuem entrance
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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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To avoid confusion with the overlapping loop tracks, only navigate ("Go" on Garmin) or turn on 1 track at a time
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Route Notes
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Train track crossings
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Never ride on/along the train tracks – they are very active
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You will briefly cross train tracks 2 times (marked with waypoints)
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Primitive section
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About 7 miles before Incline Village resupply, the trail becomes very “faded” and hard to find
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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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You will eventually come to a very distinct trail that follows the power lines
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Highway section after Fallen Leaf Lake
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After Fallen Leaf Lake, you will have to ride for ~13 miles on hwy 89. Later, a little before Tahoma, you can get on a bike path.
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If at night, use front and back lights. Don’t hug the side of the road. Give yourself room. Take the lane when descending. Watch out for tourists pulling on and off the road and opening their doors. Lots of cyclists ride this road every week, so don't feel bashful about claiming your space.
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After Fallen Leaf, take the bike path. After about 1 mile, it ends and puts you on hwy 89.
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After Meeks Bay, the bike path starts again. This is optional – you can take the road or bike path.
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While hundreds of cyclists ride this section of road every month and the ACA includes it as part of their Sierra-Cascades route, you are welcome to skip it. No judgement and you won't be DQ'd. We'll just note it with your finishing time. Here are your options for getting a ride from Taylor Creek Visitor Center to Tahoma PDQ Market. To get to the visitor center, when you hit the bike path after Fallen Leaf Lake, go right instead of left. A waypoint marks the pickup location.
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$2 public shuttle -In August, it runs only on Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon between 8:30am and 4pm. Get on at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and get off at Tahoma. Research the bus option here. Each bus has capacity for 2 bikes.
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Uber/Lyft - An Uber XL costs $70-$90 and a Lyft Plus cost $70-$83.
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Thumb a ride from someone at the visitor center (you are going north to Tahoma)
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Last section (Squaw to Finish)
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If possible, aim for doing this section during daylight. The views are amazing and the downhill will be a lot easier to navigate/ride.
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The climb up to the pass is all on dirt road (road quality is great on lower section, upper section gets worse).
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The big downhill has some sketchy parts that will require walking, so don’t expect to bomb down it quickly.
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When you get to the bottom of the big descent, you still have one last climb on single track before the finish, so don’t celebrate too early.
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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. You can see the monument from the road. Just walk directly from the road to the monument.
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FYI – the lights on the monument turn off at 12am every night and there is free wifi near the monument
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If you 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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