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Hey gang, one of the cool things about riding a bicycle over a long distance is the scenery and the people you’ll encounter. Below are some pics related to both. Hope you like them.

UC Davis campus

Actually this is Davis, CA about 20 miles before Sacramento. This is the UC Davis campus, with a view of the tennis courts in the background. I had to get them since I’m a tennis guy and they have always had highly ranked teams.

Lake Natoma, just northeast of Sacramento

Lake Natoma, just northeast of Sacramento

A couple people kayaking on Lake Natoma

A couple of people kayaking on Lake Natoma

More of Lake Natoma

More of Lake Natoma

Yes, I have a Grill coming soon!

Yes, I have a Grill coming soon!

Jenkinson Lake, just east of Placerville, CA

Jenkinson Lake, just east of Placerville, CA

On Mormon Emigrant Trail, a long stretch between Placerville, CA and The Sierra Nevada mountain range.

On Mormon Emigrant Trail, a long stretch between Placerville, CA and The Sierra Nevada mountain range going into eastern California.

Camping near Carson Pass (at about 7,000 ft)

Camping in the El Dorado National Forest just off the Mormon Emigrant Trail (at about 7,000 ft)

Camping near Carson Pass

Camping in El Dorado National Forest (Hurley smells my food)

Matt throwing the ball with Hurley at our campsite in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Matt throwing the ball with Hurley at our campsite in the Sierra Nevada mountain range (El Dorado National Forest).

At 7,000 ft. just before Carson Pass

At 7,000 ft. just before Carson Pass. This is still part of El Dorado National Forest.

The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in El Dorado National Forest.

Approaching Carson Pass. Man it was a serious workout!

Approaching Carson Pass. Man it was a serious workout! I’d been climbing hard for two days. My left lung is lying on the highway somewhere.

Through the mountains, on my way to Carson City, NV

Thru the mountains, on my way to Carson City, NV

Approaching Silver Lake. Not easy to ride a bike and take a pic at the same time. (just kidding)

Approaching Silver Lake. Not easy to ride a bike and take a pic at the same time. (just kidding)

Silver Lake, in the Sierra Nevadas

Silver Lake, in the Sierra Nevadas

Hard to tell here, but this was a tough climb on Carson Pass Highway.

Hard to tell here, but this was a tough climb up Carson Pass Highway.

Sierra Nevadas

Sierra Nevadas

Me next to my bike, with a huge canyon below

Me next to my bike, with a huge canyon below about 5 miles from Carson Pass.

Silver Lake in the Sierra Nevadas

Silver Lake in the Sierra Nevadas

Caples Lake from Carson Pass Highway

Caples Lake from Carson Pass Highway

Me with Caples Lake in background

Me with Caples Lake in background

Caples Lake

Caples Lake

Finally, almost to Carson Pass

Finally, almost to Carson Pass

This is Gary and Linda, a great couple on their way to a pow wow in Carson City. Gary gave me an authentic arrowhead, and Linda provided me good luck with some St. John's wort she picked nearby.

This is Gary and Linda, a great couple on their way to a pow wow in Carson City. Gary gave me an authentic arrowhead, and Linda provided me good luck with some St. John’s wort she picked nearby.

A group of bicyclists on a weekend excursion

This great group of bicyclists were training for the Death Ride.  We posed for this shot at Carson Pass. From left to right:  Barb Andou, Me, Jim Kaufmann, Lisa Perez, Libby Subers, Caesar Quitevis, and Arlene De Vera.

 

Finally made it to Carson Pass. It's all downhill from here, to Carson City!

Finally made it to Carson Pass (over 8,500 ft). It’s all downhill from here, to Carson City!

Larry and Liza Beth playing an acoustic set at a cool lunch joint just off Carson Pass Hwy.

Larry and Liza Beth playing an acoustic set at a cool lunch joint just off Carson Pass Hwy.

Into Nevada, about 25 miles from Carson City.

Into Nevada, about 25 miles from Carson City. The wind was picking up (too bad it was a head wind 🙂

Camping in Carson City at a State-run campsite. Hurley is smiling for the camera.

Camping in Carson City at a State-run campsite. Hurley is quite photogenic.

The cook and waitress at Adele's restaurant brought Hurley some snacks.

The cook and waitress at Adele’s restaurant in Carson City brought Hurley some snacks.

Beginning my bike ride from Carson City to Fallon. It was 50 miles, but I made it to Fallon in 2.5 hours, as I had a good tailwind (a nice break from the brutal mountain climbs earlier).

Beginning my bike ride from Carson City to Fallon. It was 50 miles, but I made it in just 2.5 hours, as I had a good tailwind (a nice break from the brutal mountain climbs earlier).

Long stretch of road to Fallon, NV

Long stretch of road to Fallon, NV

Looking back on the first 25 miles of my journey to Fallon, NV

Looking back on the first 25 miles of my journey to Fallon, NV