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In my somewhat limited riding experience Lake Tahoe is still my favorite place to ride. The scenery is spectacular, the weather is always great, and the trails are quite varied. Due to huge amounts of snow the past winter the high country is still just beginning to open up. After an eight month wait I wanted to start with a bang. So Tahoetic accompanied me on the Mt. Rose to Burger Kingsbury ride. Since it was an odd day we started from Mt. Rose quite early to avoid any hikers. There were still quite a few snow drifts into the woods from Tahoe Meadows and my GPS track from last year was quite handy for finding our way through them to the trail. I'm in my best biking shape ever and, due to my 29er bike, my skills are the best ever. Despite the 8,700 ft. elevation, the start was easier than I can ever remember, and I cleared many new obstacles. The weather was perfect, we were moving quite well, and having a great time.

At 2.5 miles in, on a narrow, but not particularly difficult section, I went right over a granite retaining wall and rolled down a steep bank. I scraped up my entire left forearm, opened a gash in my shin, tweaked both wrists, sprained my left thumb, and strained a muscle deep in my back cracked a rib. I'm pretty squeamish and the gash in my shin looked pretty bad, and it was bleeding a good bit. So I asked Tahoetic to bandage it and wrap some duct tape around it. Although there were more than 34 miles to go, after eight months of waiting, I did not want to give up on the ride. So I took some codeine and decided to push on. My left thumb was totally useless for shifting. So I put my 2x10 into the smallest ring and left it there the rest of the ride. Long downhills, requiring a lot of front brake, were quite painful. So I took them much slower than usual. We were both riding as well as ever and I suspect my slow down hilling cost us at least an extra hour. The road rash on my arm burned quite a bit but I was having too much of a good time to let it spoil my ride.

The first half of the ride on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and Flume Trail to Spooner Lake is pretty easy. But the Kingsbury section starts with a a five mile climb from about 6,900 ft. - 8,700 ft. It was certainly difficult, but nothing compared to the past, when my heart felt like it was ready to jump out of my chest. We both rode quite a few sections we had never made before. But as soon as I started breathing hard I began to notice the strained muscle deep in my back cracked rib, and it became increasingly painful. Almost any movement to the side, cough, or deep breath gave me a pain deep in my back so sharp that it took my breath away. Using body English on the rocky climbs, big bumps, getting on and off the bike, and even leaning my bike against a tree gave me a sharp pain. Every time we stopped Tahoetic had to hold my bike for me. I probably had hundreds of those sharp pains the last 15 miles. There are scores of cool rock drops on the Kingsbury Trail, but I was a bit cautious and did not ride all of them. My hands and back were so sore I dreaded another fall. But I'm still quite impressed how well I rode, considering the fall.

There is a new section of the TRT near the end of Kingsbury and we took that for a few miles before heading down to the old Burger King parking lot. That ride down is barely a trail and many small paths meander through thick undergrowth and dense Aspen forests. At about one mile from the finish I tried squeezing between some Aspens and I banged my cut-up shin into one. The pain was so bad I nearly fainted. Blood started dripping from under the duct tape and I began to become quite concerned. Fortunately, there was an urgent care center within a block of the finish and we rushed over there. I got several stitches in my shin, they washed and disinfected all my cuts, x-rayed my hands, and gave me a tetanus shot. By the time we drove back to Mt. Rose to retrieve my vehicle I was feeling pretty poorly and I managed to find a motel at King's Beach. It was a tough night, I barely slept, and my left hand swelled up quite a bit overnight. I want to thank Tahoetic for being so patient on the trail and waiting around at the urgent care center for me. Despite all the problems we still had a faster pace than our previous rides. Taking photos was a bit awkward and painful. I am surprised I took so many. Quite a few more on my biking site.

Photos here.

 

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you had codeine on a mtn bike ride? You get the Mountain Bike Preparedness merit badge, in addition to the Persevering on the Trail merit badge! Beautiful place; did not realize Lake Tahoe is so big.
 

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Great pictures! Looks like that is one place i want to visit and bring the bike! Hope your recovery is fast and I'm glad not everyone on this board is a racer/pro. I certainly can admit that i'm not a fast rider.
 

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great pics man.. I invested in some 661 pads that cover from above your knee cap all the way down to your socks.. I normally ride them all the time.
 

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No Doubt on the "Persevering on the Trail merit badge!"

Good Job!

Question -
I'm assuming the 'water shot' is the west side of Marlett.

Do the rest of shots show the section from 50 to Kingsbury?
 

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Thank you for persevering on your ride to provide us with great photos and riding tales. Hope you heal well!
 

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you had codeine on a mtn bike ride?
Doesn't everybody? I consider that a pack essential item.:thumbsup:

Way to hang in there WW. I'd've done the same. I figure you can heal up later, but there's only so many days you have the opportunity to do a ride like that. Nice job.

Edit: It sounds like you might've cracked a rib not just pulled a muscle in your back.
 

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Me thinks it was not a good idea to continue on after taking the codeine with the injuries you described. May have be more prudent to head straight for UC.
Masking the pain with codeine when your body wants to tell you not to do something usually results in more serious aggravation of an injury.
Sounds like you got away with it though > Glad you finished the ride in one piece.

Now codeine post ride for the pain,, :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:


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