A Champion’s Day – Graeagle to Truckee (81k/4892k)

(Written by guest writer Pete)

I am happy to be the new intern for Leave Without Pay.  It is a temporary assignment.  Which is probably a good thing.  The application process was rigorous.  I have heard that the senior editor is very picky (advice from Dave), and that the junior editor can be a bit wordy (thanks Mrs Ertel).  Hopefully, my first post is enough to please the editors and the regular readers of LWOP.com.  (Senior Editor comment – first post?  That implies there will be future posts from the intern….)

Pete getting his morning Frostee

Intern getting his first Frostee

Before talking about the ride, we need to talk about the night at the Moving West RV Park.  Nothing happened.  No bear spray deployed.  No bear whistle blown.  No bear bell rung.  To the delight and relief of all.

An early start was in order today to beat the traffic and heat to Truckee.  Camp was broken, breakfast eaten and bikes packed for a 7:55 departure (Senior Editor note to Inge – no surprise, we were aiming for a 7:00am start.).  Luckily the Frostee was not open to tempt us before the first mile was ridden.  Cool temperatures (arm warmers required), light traffic and rolling hills through pine forests and green meadows on baby skin smooth, new asphalt made for pleasant riding to Sierraville and our first stop for morning tea.  I learned the difference between morning tea and second brekkie.  Basically it depends on how much stuff you order.  After fresh, homebaked goodies and espressos at the Smithneck Farms Cafe, we left the flat rolling terrain for the more mountainous and long climb to Truckee.  By now, the weekender traffic heading home from the mountain resorts had picked up and temperatures were climbing.  “Teamwork makes the Dream Work” Dave repeated over and over as Nancy took the lead and set the pace, and Dave and I fell in formation each with our own responsibilities.  By 1:30, we were drinking a beer at The American Grill (a local icon) in downtown Truckee.

(photos of all that by junior editor…)

Old homestead

Homestead near Graeagle

Graeagle morning meadow 2

Morning view

Country scene 1

Barn with quilt

Country scene 3

Deluxe chickens

Smithneck Cafe

Morning tea stop

Nancy and Pete cruising the summit

Senior editor and intern making the summit look easy

The accommodation tonight is the campground of the Donner Memorial State Park, a California State Park with a visitor center dedicated to the fateful Donner Party crossing of the Sierra in the Fall/Winter of 1847.  As is the theme of the first few months of the Tour of the Americas (or the A2A per Dave), a bear watch and alert has been issued.  Stay tuned.

Welcome to Truckee

We made it

Home for the night - camp

Camp with intern writing away…

Special shout out to my lovely wife Inge to allow me to follow my dream as the unpaid, underappreciated, constantly ridiculed intern of LWOP (in particular, by the junior editor).

(two more shots of said intern…)

Bike shop boy

Bike shop boy intern

Flower boy 2

Flower boy intern

8 thoughts on “A Champion’s Day – Graeagle to Truckee (81k/4892k)

  1. Great writing job to my awesome hubby! I’m not surprised in the least by the a bit late departure! After seeing the shoulder less road, I’m so happy you survived it! Wishing you an easy day tomorrow, all three of you deserve it!

  2. Nice work, Peter!!! I’d say they should keep you on so they can write 1/3 less blogs over the next few weeks. By the way, I think you might be the first rider and only the second traveler to write for LWOP during their travels, so it is an unexpected pleasure for the readers to get your perspective on the trip (and on the demands of the senior and junior editors!)

  3. I agree with Pam’s comment as a new perspective is always welcome & interesting! Good job, Peter. Hope you will get to see the Eclipse, or some part of it. It was beautiful sight from here in Oregon!

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