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Labor Day Weekend Amtrak to Truckee & Ride Around Lake Tahoe~Motel or Camp Trip

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  • Emeryville Amtrak

    5885 Horton Street, Emeryville, Ca (map)

    37.840675 -122.291389

  • Either at the train station or at a carpool meetup spot to be determined
  • It's called "America's Most Beautiful Ride" for a reason!

    72 miles, 3800 feet climb, 6500 feet altitude

    Cross-posted with NorCal Bicycle Camping and Touring and Berkeley Bicycle Meetup Group

    I'm choosing Labor Day Weekend so people don't have to take off from work.  This is the best weekend for accommodation selection and availability at the moment.

    The beautiful Zephyr train to Truckee does NOT allow bikes AT ALL, boxed or not, but there are enough drivers who are willing to bring up the bikes and camping gear, if needed.

    I'm hoping for a few people to join me for a one-way train trip, currently 43.00, 38.70 with AAA discount, and a ride back with the drivers on Monday.

    We now have at least 2 trainsters!

    Sat: 9 AM Emeryville Zephyr to Truckee, currently 43.00.  Arrive 2:30 PM   Meet the drivers and drive to Tahoe City motel or campsite.  There are 2 campsites in Tahoe City, subject to availability.

    Hike Eagle Creek Falls @ 2.5 miles RT to the lake.

    Dinner together Tahoe City at Hacienda del Lago, Lakefront Mexican.

    Sun: Ride 72 miles around Lake Tahoe.  Dinner together in Tahoe City or camp BBQ (there's a Safeway in Tahoe City)

    Mon: Breakfast on your own.  Optional pre-departure ride along the Truckee River.

    Lodging options:

    2 day minimum!  Please book your own room.

    http://www.tahoecityinn.com

    http://www.peppertreetahoe.com

    http://www.americasbestvalueinn.com/bestv.cfm?idp=1013

    http://www.mothernaturesinn.com [masked] per person, double occupancy, includes tax)  I know this adorable inn and have reserved two Double Bed rooms and one King.  There are more Kings and Queens available.  1 week cancellation policy.  I have reserved a two bed, two person room for myself, but you can change over the other rooms to your credit card, under Dalton.

    Closest camping options:

    William Kent Campground (530)[masked]  (2 miles away)

    Tahoe State Recreation Area (530)[masked]  (in town)

    It's important to note that this ride is at 6500 ft. but we'll have a day to acclimate.

    Hydration and electrolyte replacement are very important!  Helmets and spare tube required. You must have power bars, snacks, a bottle of water and a bottle of electrolytes at all times. We'll make plenty of stops as needed.

    Please put in the comment section your preference for train or carpool and how many bikes/people you can take. We will consolidate the cars once we know how many we have.

     

     

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  • Franny

    If you still decide to go, I'm sorry I can't offer my leadership, but enjoy yourselves.

    Please let me know you got this.

    August 29, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi Everyone,

    I HATE to do this, but I am canceling the Tahoe trip due to the unpredictability of air quality. Some may disagree with me, but the fire is only 30% contained and I spoke with our innkeeper just now and she said the smoke is off and on depending on the wind.

    The good news for me, Marcus and Andy, is that despite the fact there are no refunds later than 1 week prior, they are giving us a rain check to reschedule. This will likely involve taking off a Friday. I hope to schedule 9/20-9/22 before risk of snow. See if you can get a rain check, too.

    The other GREAT thing is that Amtrak will fully refund you or give a travel voucher IF you call 24 hrs in advance which means before 9am tomorrow. You have to go through a menu and persist until you get a live person. Just say "customer service" a bunch of times.

    I DO hate to disappoint everyone, but whether or not you have asthma, it's a huge ride and heavy breathing will be involved.

    August 29, 2013

  • Johnny

    Franny, as much as I really want to do this ride i have to pass. I've been keeping an eye on the smoke and it seems to be getting worse. I've been watching the Sunnyside web cam and spoke with some people in Tahoe City and they say it's pretty nasty. Might be ok to camp but to do a ride and breath heavy is not the best for me. I would love to do this ride again sometime if you put another one together though. Have a nice weekend!

    August 29, 2013

  • Franny

    Anyone have a bike spot left on their car? Let me know and I'll put you in touch with Shaun Houlihan from here-

    http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketouring/events/125145362/

    August 28, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Looking for a camping spot if available. Please let me know. All my other plans got cancelled due to the Yosemite fire and am pretty bummed about it. My email is [masked]. Thank you!

    August 27, 2013

  • Franny

    Update on air quality: I spoke to the inn keeper and campgrounds and there are no plans to close anything down. The air quality has been excellent to hazy. It all depends on the way the wind blows. We still have 6 days to monitor the situation and we can adjust our riding and hiking plans accordingly, but I won't be canceling this trip. Everything is booked up and there are no refunds. I have alternative activities in mind such as hiking Shirley Canyon at Squaw, and many other options.

    Franny

    August 27, 2013

  • Franny

    One more spot opened up at Dan M's campsite. Contact him here: http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketouring/events/125145362/ or leave me a message here and I'll help coordinate it for you.

    August 26, 2013

  • Diana

    sorry for repeat msg concerning same. I'm on a learning curve with this

    August 15, 2013

    • Franny

      Hi Diana, I do have a driver, Zuzana, who could take one more bike and gear. Let me know if you want me to hook you guys up if you're still interested in attending.

      August 25, 2013

  • Ed

    This sounds so perfect but already made plans. :(

    August 25, 2013

    • Franny

      Sorry you'll miss it, Ed. We have about 20 going from the different cycling meet ups! You might want to consider this one: http://www.meetup.com...­

      August 25, 2013

    • Ed

      These 70+ miles make nervous. Never rode that far in Cali!

      August 25, 2013

  • Franny

    From Dan M:
    Greetings all - just booked the 2 nights at William Kent campground (site near but not next to bathroom). Total price is $54 for up to 6 people/2 cars. As I'm taking the train up, that means i can support 5 people/2 cars more on this reservation. If interested, respond to this comment.

    July 10, 2013

    • Franny

      Joan, see the message I posted to your message board!

      August 25, 2013

    • joan O

      Thanks, Franny.

      August 25, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists~

    We're about a week and a half away and I want to be sure everyone has a game plan for getting up to Tahoe and a place to stay.

    We will ultimately meet at the Truckee Amtrak station at 2:30 PM (assuming the train is on schedule.) Then, we'll go from there. I am releasing the room(s) that have not been rented at Mother Nature's Inn tomorrow, Thursday. Franny

    August 21, 2013

  • Diana

    I'd like to ride the train and will need a ride for my bike and tent up to Tahoe and then of course myself on way back. I live in Berkeley, not far from Berkeley train stop.

    August 15, 2013

  • sylvia

    Any lady would like to share a room?

    July 31, 2013

    • Franny

      Oops, looks like Bobby isn't signed up. BUT, check out Wally and Aubrey's plans at Bike the Bay here. They're staying in a hostel I don't know about:

      August 14, 2013

    • Franny

      http://www.meetup.com...­ Get in touch with them at that site.

      August 14, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists~

    We're getting closer to this "epic weekend" and I'll want to be sure you finalize carpools among yourselves. Marcus, Dan and I have claimed bike spots and gear in Marcus's car. We are meeting at Amtrak at 8:30 before our 9:00 AM departure.


    Also, I want to be sure everyone has a place to stay. I am still holding two rooms (one with a king, one with two queens) at Mother Nature's Inn, but I'll want to release them ASAP if no one wants to book them.


    Everyone will meet in Truckee at 2:30 on Sat. to regroup, and make our game plan for the rest of the day which will include the hike, dinner, and setting up camp for the campers.


    Keep your eye out for further information here and through e-mail.

    Franny

    August 14, 2013

  • Johnny

    I'm coming up on Friday with some friends but want to meet up Sunday morning for the ride. Do we have a meeting place and time?

    August 14, 2013

    • Franny

      Hey, I wrote you a detailed reply on the NorCal site!

      August 14, 2013

    • Franny

      Oh, and your friends are welcome to ride!

      August 14, 2013

  • Diana

    I'm interested in taking the train and doing a campsite (ATTN: DAN) I'd need someone to take my bike and my tent...so I don't have to lug that along with me

    1 · August 14, 2013

    • Franny

      Hi Diana , that's great. We have plenty of drivers. Dan is out of town but we'll check when he returns. You can visit the other Meetups where this posted to talk to others. Scroll down in these comments for those links.

      August 14, 2013

  • Bobby

    Anyone up for sharing a room? Either you have booked one or I can book.

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • Franny

      Hi Bobby, I'm still holding 2 rooms at Mother Nature's Inn. My room is #9~don't take that one! You can change one of the others being held under DALTON to your credit card if you wish. Let me know. It's super cute and the best deal in town. One is a double, one is a king, I think. Maybe you can get a roommate as things shake out.

      July 21, 2013

  • Christopher I.

    If you're hanging out in the area, the Tram to High Camp at Squaw Valley is definitely worth checking out. Restaurant, pools, hot tubs, and rollerskating at 8200 ft. :-)

    July 9, 2013

    • Franny

      Hey Chris, totally know it! We hike Shirley Canyon to the top, take a jacuzzi, snack and tram down for the view. Good idea--don't know if we can fit it in this time. But maybe another event?!

      July 9, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi cyclists~As I mentioned to Cristina from Berkeley Bicycle, everyone should book their own accommodations and talk to each other about sharing campsites or double bed hotel rooms if you're on a budget. I would act sooner than later as it is Labor Day weekend.
    Check with people
    here: http://www.meetup.com/berkeleycyclists/events/125141972/
    here: http://www.meetup.com/sfurbantrail/events/125183302/
    here: http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketouring/events/125145362/

    We have plenty of drivers, and so far two train travelers...hope more will come on the train one-way! Beautiful ride.

    More to come as we approach the date. Leave me an email or message with any questions.

    Franny

    June 24, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi cyclists. Just an update: Two of us have bought our Amtrak tickets. One car is full with 3 bikes. I know of two other drivers, each who have one extra bike spot if you want to join us on the train. I'll post periodic updates and please leave me messages here if you have any questions.

    June 21, 2013

  • Franny

    Just bought my Amtrak ticket, 38.70 with AAA discount! I think we'll have enough car/bike transport (I have room for one more bike.) You never know when the rates will go up, but they will!

    June 18, 2013

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