Pacific Coast Sierra Cascades Bike Trip Day 38 – Into Northern California

I slept in a little this morning so as not to walk up Marty who slept on the sofa last night. After packing my gear, I rode a half mile to a Rayley’s grocery store and ate a breakfast sandwich and chocolate milk. Onward on Hwy 28 around the northern end of Lake Tahoe to Kings Bay. There I gained 700 feet of elevation slowly then rolled downhill past the North Star ski area and across a flat valley to I-80 east of Truckee. Crossing I-80 was a milestone for me. I headed north on Hwy 89, which I will follow for several days. The route ran through ponderosa (sometimes lodgepole) pine forest slowly losing elevation. The Little Truckee River barely had any flow due to the drought (see photo). I reached Sierraville after 25 miles and bought food and ate lunch in a patch of green grass in the shade of a big cottonwood. The town occupied s broad, flat valley with green, grassy pastures. Onward for another 25 miles to Graeagle where I hoped to camp in an RV park. No luck there. Onward for 26 more miles to camp at the fairgrounds at Quincy. By this time, the heat of the day depleted my energy, although I didn’t have a major climb. When I arrived in Quincy at 5 pm, l learned that stock car races were occurring at the fairgrounds. I felt fortunate to get the last room in town at the Ramchita Motel. 85 miles today. Tomorrow will be a rest day at the motel.

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