Summer's Here — Let's Roll!
The Big Bicycling Event in July is the 39th Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride, set for Saturday, July 13, 2019. This is a premiere ride for endurance bicyclists and is long steeped in California Bicycling event history. This ride started as a one-day ride as part of Super Tour, when a group of endurance bicyclists annually got together to challenge themselves with a week-long tour featuring multiple climbs along the eastern Sierra. In 1978, local Markleeville area resident, Wayne Martin, led the Super Tour group from their campsite at Grover Hot Springs to ride up Daggett Pass, Luther Pass, Carson Pass, Monitor Pass and finishing up riding up and descending Ebbetts Pass. It was coined as the Markleeville Death Ride and continued through 1980.
Down the Dirt Road to Green Creek
See Green Creek map below A nice day outing with some spectacular scenery awaits you in the Green Creek area just inside California, or, as we say around here Far Western Nevada). Located a few miles south of the picturesque mountain town of Bridgeport, Green Creek is not only supremely beautiful but historic as well. On a recent Saturday, I and my neighbor Jim May took Jim’s visiting grandchildren on a day ride to this area. It was one of those bluebird days and the air was crisp and clear — spectacular! If you are bringing an OHV as we did, there is plenty of area to unload just off US 395 on Green Creek Road. However, this area does not require you have that kind of vehicle. A good SUV does just fine here. In fact, your passenger car could do well too providing you pay attention.