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Well almost solo. My sweetie shuttled me to the start on Mt. Rose Highway and then rode up Oneida / Armstrong Connector to meet me at Armstrong Pass many hours later and finish the ride down Toads with me.

I started out at 5:30 am to give plenty of daylight and to make our dinner reservation at our favorite restaurant in South Shore (Café Fiore). I had the Rose to Spooner section all to myself due to the early hour and it was as quiet on Spooner to Kingsbury until I ran into a few folks towards the end of that section. Conditions were good, and the temps were ideal for the sometimes dreaded climb up to the Bench.

The new TRT section down to Kingsbury is great and obviously built with bikes in mind. At Kingsbury you have to head downhill to make the connection across to the new trail on the west side. Losing all that elevation was a bit alarming, as I knew the new trail up to Stagecoach, the normal start of the Punisher ride, was going to be tougher than the usual pavement spin to make the connection.

At the start of the Punisher, I finally sat down to a short rest and to fuel up. The going gets tough here with spectacular views into Nevada, and lots of fun rocky terrain. Those step-ups onto rocky ledges would prove to get a little harder as the day wore on.
Once I made it to Star I pumped water and relaxed a bit. The climb up Freel Peak is pretty easy, though the high point is about 9700’, and I was looking forward to the incredible descent down the other side. This would be my second trip over Freel for the season having done the Punisher a week earlier with Melinda.

As expected the descent was spectacular and there was only one more pretty good climb to get over to Toads. I met up with Melinda, and we soon passed a couple suffering riders doing the Armstrong to Toads Loop. Like me, they would soon forget about their suffering once they started descending. Only saw 4 other riders and a couple hikers all day!

After some top of the world views it was all downhill. Dropping into Toads with nearly 60 miles and almost 9000 feet of climbing completed was an interesting experience. Veal Saltimbocca in a Marsala sauce and a great Cabernet rounded out the day. This has to be one of the sweetest rides anywhere.

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Genoa Bench
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Freel Pass
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Top of the World
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Well almost solo. My sweetie shuttled me to the start on Mt. Rose Highway and then rode up Oneida / Armstrong Connector to meet me at Armstrong Pass many hours later and finish the ride down Toads with me.

I started out at 5:30 am to give plenty of daylight and to make our dinner reservation at our favorite restaurant in South Shore (Café Fiore). I had the Rose to Spooner section all to myself due to the early hour and it was as quiet on Spooner to Kingsbury until I ran into a few folks towards the end of that section. Conditions were good, and the temps were ideal for the sometimes dreaded climb up to the Bench.

The new TRT section down to Kingsbury is great and obviously built with bikes in mind. At Kingsbury you have to head downhill to make the connection across to the new trail on the west side. Losing all that elevation was a bit alarming, as I knew the new trail up to Stagecoach, the normal start of the Punisher ride, was going to be tougher than the usual pavement spin to make the connection.

At the start of the Punisher, I finally sat down to a short rest and to fuel up. The going gets tough here with spectacular views into Nevada, and lots of fun rocky terrain. Those step-ups onto rocky ledges would prove to get a little harder as the day wore on.
Once I made it to Star I pumped water and relaxed a bit. The climb up Freel Peak is pretty easy, though the high point is about 9700’, and I was looking forward to the incredible descent down the other side. This would be my second trip over Freel for the season having done the Punisher a week earlier with Melinda.

As expected the descent was spectacular and there was only one more pretty good climb to get over to Toads. I met up with Melinda, and we soon passed a couple suffering riders doing the Armstrong to Toads Loop. Like me, they would soon forget about their suffering once they started descending. Only saw 4 other riders and a couple hikers all day!

After some top of the world views it was all downhill. Dropping into Toads with nearly 60 miles and almost 9000 feet of climbing completed was an interesting experience. Veal Saltimbocca in a Marsala sauce and a great Cabernet rounded out the day. This has to be one of the sweetest rides anywhere.

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That's one helleva ride. Going solo's ballsy. did you have cell reception up there?
 

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I called Melinda from Kingsbury area to let her know she should start thinking about heading over to Oneida/Armstrong to start pedaling up to meet me. That worked fine. Cell coverage comes and goes in the high country there.
 

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nice ride.
 

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mans game. nice ride. thanks for sharing
 

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Nice going Ron. Wish I could pull that one off, but I don't have a whole lot left after the standard punisher. Props for doing it solo!

BTW - who took the "top of the world" photo?

(did you drink the Blind Pig to celebrate?)
 

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Fairfaxian: Melinda rode up to Armstrong Pass and finished the last climb and descended Toads with me. Yes, I owe you a shitload of Blind Pig beer. I look forward to that! Let's schedule something soon.

Nutball: Ya, I actually left by moonlight and watched the sun come up about 5 miles in. Pretty amazing. Nothing like it.
 

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Nice work, that's when I normally try to start also, something special about being up there that early especially solo and no one is around, fun to be able to hammer through the flume without a sole to worry about. :thumbsup:
 

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JMac: Ya the pix slowed me down! Funny how towards at the end they were out of focus, aimed poorly and basically lame. If the ride had been much longer I'm not sure I would have remembered how to operate the camera. Some years back I climbed a 20,000'++ peak in South America. I had a GPS with me that while at the summit completely mystified me, despite its simple operation 5000' lower.
 

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No that's cool. Just impressed with the ride! Didn't look like no "sissy" xc bike either. :eek:
We're do back up there mid sept for an mtb group weekend and are planning something similar for the "big" ride.....as in partial....only one other in group could even think about that complete route of yours, let alone partake in doing it. ;)
 

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JMac: Your group might enjoy the regular "Punisher" from Stagecoach to Toads. It's got some hike-a-bike but the ride really samples some of the best terrain in Tahoe. You can also bail early at Armstrong Pass, and still have a fun downhill. Sept should be great.
 
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