Day 4, Don’t get cocky kid, we’re not out of this yet

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Today would be our final ascent of the Sierra’s. 25 miles to Carson Pass (el. 8,573 ft), from there on another 50 miles (mostly downhill) to Carson City. There were a couple fearsome climbs during the first half of the day, the worst just before Kirkwood and the approach to Carson Pass. On a whole, they did not wear on us like the climbing of day 3, perhaps because we are getting our legs, or the climbs were more steady. Over the last 2 days we have become very familiar with our granny gear. For those who are not bike geeks, the granny gear is the smallest chain ring (in the front) of a 3 ring crankset. It’s definitely slow going in the granny gear, but it’s the only way to make these climbs if you’re on loaded bikes and not a bike stud.

We finally reached Carson Pass around 3:30. The question was could we make it to Andrea and Jose’s in Dayton for a good bed, hot shower, home cooked dinner, and cold beer by the end of the day. Another biker resting at the pass gave us some encouraging words, and assured us we could make it without pedaling, as it was all downhill from there. We knocked out the first 15 miles of our descent in a flash, as we flew down the mountain well over 25 mph. As it started to flatten out we did have to pedal a little, but were still making good time as we crossed into Nevada. The wind started to turn against us, the shadows started to grow long, and our legs were turning to rubber. We compromised and met Jose in Carson in front of the Golden Nugget casino, with his truck and got a ride the last 10 miles to Dayton. No regrets on skipping the 10 miles from Carson City to Dayton, it’s not a particularly pretty stretched, and it gave us extra hour of visiting with Andrea, Jose, and the kids, without being completely comatose at the end of the day. Total mileage today 76 miles, one mountain range down, two to go. Day 5 is a rest day of cleaning up and prepping for our ride across the desert.

3 Responses to “Day 4, Don’t get cocky kid, we’re not out of this yet”

  1. Marc B. Says:

    Wow. That is all freakishly impressive. And based on the pictures, it looks like the landscape has been amazing.

  2. The Orlando Family Says:

    Sarah & Mike,

    Sitting in our beach chairs in NJ a few weeks ago was enough exercise for me. We are very impressed with this trip you have undertaken and wish you much luck. I will live vicariously through the 2 of you. I am expecting Bob, Amy, Irene & Tommy to try the trip next year!!!

    Mary Beth

  3. Z Says:

    Keep on rock’n it!

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