We cross CA 88 and continue north along the flat terrain on Foothill Rd/Fredericksburg Rd. The small town of Fredericksburg has a cemetery, ranches, old barns and sage brush fields.
The turn onto Foothill Rd/NV 206 takes us across the stateline into Nevada along the outer edges of some residential communities of Gardnerville and Minden.
We reach the Kingsbury Water Stop-mile 19.9 at 7:40 AM. The temps have already risen to a very warm 70F. We take a few minutes to peel off layers and top off our water bottles.
The climb up Kingsbury Grade/NV 207 to Daggetts Summit is 7.9 miles long on excellent pavement with a decent shoulder area. The first few miles of this road stair steps with gentle grades of 2-3% and increases to gradient ranges of 6-9% for the remainder of the way. It’s a fantastic climb with jaw dropping aerial views of the valley and forests below and above us! WOW!
We reach the Kingsbury Rest Stop/Daggett Summit 7334′-mile 27.8 at 8:45 AM. It’s a breezy 63F up here. This is aptly renamed the Queensbury/Drag Stop with 3 Bosom Buddies welcoming all the riders in! These ladies made a special effort to create a warm and wonderful atmosphere here-BRAVO!
The descent back down Kingsbury is fabulous with great sightlines and sweeping turns. Having the use of the rear view mirror is so helpful-I can take the lane when there are no cars coming down and scoot back to the right side of the lane when needed. I only counted 3 cars passing us and one RV trailer. ENJOY the downhill but still be cautious!
We reverse the route back to Foothill Rd/NV 206 and Fredericksburg Rd. While getting out of the saddle on a small hump, the cleat on my left shoe slips out of the pedal and we have to stop to make some adjustments. Other than that, it’s a fast flat run to the turn onto Emigrant Trail; it’s a nice detour from taking the main road on CA 88. This section of road is 3.2 miles long with several false summits-it’s now a very HOT 98F here! The gradient ranges from 5-8% with several steep pitches of 10-11%.
We arrive at the Emigrant Trail Rest Stop-mile 47.8 at 10:45 AM. The volunteers are great here-they offer to take my bike and refill my bottles! WOW!
Emigrant Trail drops us down to CA 88 and Old Pony Express back to CA 89. The next 3.9 miles along CA 89 has a couple of climbs takes; it’ll take us to the lunch stop at Turtle Rock Park.
We reach Turtle Rock Park Lunch Stop-mile 52.6 at 11:25 AM. You have the choice of a “full service” eat in or “drive-thru” grab & go lunch. The lunch menu is the standard sandwich fare with deli meats, fruits and drinks.
Our car is parked near the entrance and it’s easy for us to put away all the layers of unnecessary clothing for the remainder of the day.
The post lunch route takes us on CA 89 for the next 7.3 miles heading south to Markleeville and along the Carson River. The scenery is really hard to beat here! The terrain is slightly downhill with small rollers in between.
CA 89 becomes CA 4 at mile 59.9 towards Ebbetts Pass. The first 7 miles has initial gentle gradients of 3-5% with pitches of 8-9%. Enjoy this while you can-the steeper climb is coming up!
Once you reach the 7000′ elevation sign and cross the cattle guard, the gradient immediately increases to ranges of 11-13% up ahead-get in your lower gear! You gain 1730′ in the next 6.2 miles. Most of the climbing is in the 7-8% range with pitches of 11-15%! When you see Kinney Reservoir-you’re only one mile away from the summit! I ran out of water 2/3 of the way up here and it made the climb that much tougher! Next time I’ll have to remember to top off my bottles at the campground along the way-I think it’s the Silver Creek Campground.
We arrive at Ebbetts Pass Rest Stop-mile 73.1 at 2:50 PM. This was a much needed stop for me. I chugged down a Coke and had 2 cups of Chicken & Rice soup for the sodium load and ate a bunch of fruit.
The reward for this climb is the descent-it’s fun and twisty with a few blind turns. The stretch along the lower section of CA 4 to CA 89 is fast! We reach the Water Stop-mile 86.3 at 3:45 PM. You can see the start of the climb up Monitor from this intersection. Fill up your bottles and get going-there’s another mountain to climb!
The climb up Monitor West is 7.6 miles with gradient ranges of 6-9% with multiple sections ranging from 10-11%. We actually have a tailwind going up and it’s a cool welcome to the climb! About midway up, the road kind of levels out a bit before it pitches back up again. The Alpine views are outstanding! The grove of Aspen trees are a gorgeous sight along this stretch of road!
We arrive at the Monitor Rest Stop-mile 93.9 at 5:35 PM. I take my time at this rest stop and sit down to consume a cup of chicken noodle soup with a Coke chaser. It was good for me to just stop for a while and stretch-I could feel my shoulder getting stiff during all the climbs today.
The sweeping descent on Monitor takes us back to CA 89. We’re on the final home stretch to the finish-only 7+ miles back! The scenery up here is spectacular-what a wonderful place to ride a bicycle and see all this first hand!
We’re back at Turtle Rock Park-mile 112 at 7:00 PM. What a glorious way to spend the day and nourish my mind, body & soul!
There is a post ride meal at the community center-I have a plate of spaghetti with chili meat sauce & a green salad plus a full fruit plate. I can eat a lot!
Much “THANKS” to all the Alta Alpina volunteers for being out there to support us! The weather was fantastically warm & hot, add a wonderful route and you’ve got a perfect day of riding! The climbs up Ebbetts and Monitor had minimal to no traffic and the Apline views are breathtaking!
If you’ve ever considered doing this ride, I would strongly encourage anyone to come out and try it. There are so many route options to choose from and the support is wonderful! Believe me, if I can do this-you can too! It’s amazing where our bikes can take us-I’m so happy to be able to do this! LIFE’S GREAT!
Avg Speed: 11.0
Saddle Time: 10:18
Total Time: 11:30
Avg Grade: 5%
Max Grade: 19%
Starting Elevation: 5000′
Weather: Sunny and HOT with clear blue skies. Starting temp of 49F, reaching the high 90’s in the afternoon and dropping to the low 70’s in the early evening.
Nutrition: LOTS of water, maltodextrin mix, electrolytes and gels, a few cans of Coke, a V8, 2 cups of chicken & ride soup, a cup of chicken noodle soup, salty chips, lots of watermelon, oranges, a banana and honeydew, 1/2 beef sandwich with lettuce, pickle and tomato.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
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