Endurance Training - Super Punisher

Up and down the Tahoe Rim Trail from Spooner Lake to Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Down Mr. Toads to downtown South Lake Tahoe.

49.6 Miles
7415 Feet Climbing
6:52 Hours
4951 Calories
147 Average HR
181 Max HR

Billiam and Don Adams suit up. We leave the car at 11:39 am, about 40 minutes later than scheduled. Shouldn't be a problem, right?

Climbing up from Spooner Summit.

Our first lookout, about 3 1/2 miles from the start point, 12:09 pm.

From my rear view mirror.

View for Lake Tahoe from west of South Camp Peak.

Another view of the lake from where I fixed my second flat.

Billiam and Don Adams patiently waiting for me to fix my flat.

Don Adams almost cleaning a couple steps on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Lunch Break in the suburbs of Heavenly.
Some lunch time Arrogant Bastard Ale!

Don Adams playing gangsta.

View to the East from our lunch stop.

Don Adams develops a hemorrhoid. Fixed it with a dollar.

We have HOW MUCH FARTHER TO GO? 18 miles to Mr. Toads, well, since it's 3:43 PM, we better get moving!

Leaving Heavenly Ski Resort.

Sweet singletrack climbing.

Singletrack and views. An amazing ride!

Yes, more climbing. This time on a sandy decomposing granite. Not too slippery, but descending it at speed took some finesse.

Food break above Star Lake. An aspirin would have been good about now. Note Billiam's not so happy face.

We are getting to be some tired puppies at 5:50 PM.

Star Lake.

Quite a few pushing sections on this part of the trail. Even if we weren't tired we couldn't have made this one.

Panorama looking where we had been. Between the big saddle, to the right of the center peak is where we had ridden from. Lake Tahoe is to the left.

We found some really nice Lupine and other flowers in this wet section of the trail. It was nice to descend back into the plant life from the treeless areas above 9700'.

More of the sandy decomposing granite.

Looking South as the sun gets very low at 7:38 pm.

At the top of Mr. Toads at 7:56 pm.

We got to the bottom of Toads about 8:43 pm and made it to dinner at Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine in South Lake Tahoe at 9:24 pm. We had dinner then I took a taxi back to the car at Spooner Lake. After picking up Billiam and Don Adams we drove home. I got home at 2:00 am. I had left the house at 9:00 am that morning. A very long and very fun day.

If I haven't said it yet, the Trance X1 is an awesome bike. Perfect for this kind of riding. Perfect!

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