Lake Tahoe - 100 Mile Bike Ride
June 4th, 2006 Described as 'America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride', the ride around Lake Tahoe is a
100-mile circuit, starting and ending in South Lake Tahoe.
The road around the lake is really just 72 miles, but a detour to Truckee adds an additional 28 miles to the distance.
Riding clockwise, first through California and then into Nevada, the rolling hills offer some spectacular views across the lake.
There were over 3,000 riders that took part in the event, but this is not a race, it's just a fun ride with the goal of just completing a 'century'.
A large majority of the cyclists were riding for Team In Training (TNT), which is how Aaron became involved.
He trained for the event with 'TNT' in Phoenix, which definitely prepared him for warm weather, but I'm not sure if it prepared him for the hills!
But he finished the ride without any problems (along with the rest of his team mates) and he raised an incredible $5,000+ for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
We had traveled to Tahoe to offer Aaron support and cheer him along on the course, but now I'm inspired...
Aaron rides into King's Beach, already 72 miles into the ride
King's Beach is a lunch stop for hundreds of TNT cyclists
Aaron and Andrea
Not a bad place to stop for lunch!
I saw at least one person on a unicycle cross the finish line
Aaron, 100 miles later, and still enough energy to celebrate
June 5th, 2006 The following day, we drove around the lake and stopped at some of the most scenic spots.
At Emerald Bay, we hiked a mile down to the lake to visit 'Vikingsholm', a small castle built in 1929 as a summer retreat for Lora Josephine Knight.
A warm day by the lake, but there's still a lot of snow on the mountains
Aaron and Anastasia in front of Eagle Fall
Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. On top of the island is a small tea house, built at the same time as Vikingsholm
Vikingsholm on Emerld Bay
This hollow tree had been bricked up and sealed. Very strange!
Heading home on Highway 50, there was an unusual traffic warning...