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    Carson City, NV rides?

    I'll be in Carson City, NV this weekend for my son's soccer tournament. Does anyone know any nice approx. 30 milers I could fit in around the soccer schedule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acousticmotorbike
    I'll be in Carson City, NV this weekend for my son's soccer tournament. Does anyone know any nice approx. 30 milers I could fit in around the soccer schedule?
    For a flatter ride, head north toward reno into washoe valley. There's a way to do it using back roads on the west side of 395; unfortunately I don't know the street names. You can also ride directly on the highway shoulder, exiting on the first exit when you get over the hill. Turn right, follow the road around the east side of the Washoe Valley. When you hit 395 again, turn left onto 395 for three miles or so till you see the exit for Bowers Mansion. Get off there and follow that road around the WEST side of the valley. It will take you back to where you started. From there you'll certainly be able to figure out how to drop back down into Carson City without getting on 395 (it's "Lakeview" but I don't know the name of the street where it dumps you back out). There are plenty of "bicycle route" signs at that point you can follow at that point.

    Ought to be beautiful (if a little cold) this weekend... green down low but still some snow in the mountains.
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    I've been to many a soccer game there...

    Your post is obviously just a decoy to find out whose daughter's team won the state AAAA championship last year (McQueen High in Reno, Kat Farley starting at, uh, whatever the name of that position back by the goalie is...).
    Just in case you DO take the bike, though: I've been to dozens of games there, and it's a pretty good area for riding. Washoe Valley (one ridge north on 395) is good. I like Franktown Road, on the west side of the valley. South in Genoa, Jacks Valley and around Mormon Station was nice three years ago, but they've built a lot of houses there and I haven't seen it lately. Highway 50 from Carson City to Spooner Summit and eventually Lake Tahoe is a good climb, with wide shoulders, but as the other post mentioned, the weather has turned today. It's been 75, but spoze to drop to the 50s with possible rain or snow (a spring soccer tradition) over the weekend.
    South toward Minden and Gardnerville is new subdivisions, not horrible but a lot different than it was just a few years ago. Highway 206 is MUCH nicer to ride than 395. If you continue to the south end of Minden (15 miles from Carson, about) you can slant off on Highway 88 through Woodfords or to Markleeville, little Alpine County towns that haven't been crushed by Reno yet.
    Generally, east from Carson goes into the desert, and west goes into the mountains toward Lake Tahoe. Spring--wildflowers, green grass--is at about 5500-6000 feet now, so above that you may find snow alongside the road. There's lots of green (relatively speaking; it's still a desert) east of Carson, elevation in the 4000-4500 range. You can probably expect wind and maybe some rain, but I'd be surprised if it were heavy or continuous. Weather around here is notoriously hard to forecast in spring, but that's what they're calling for now.

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    Smile glad the decoy worked :)

    and thanks to each of you for the info. yes, I've been looking at the weather forecast. The 's' word is giving me pause.
    Thanks again.

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    Carson

    My folks live out there.

    Personally, I try to avoid 395 as much as possible, but it's likely that you'll have to spend at least a little time on it. Usually I head southwest (I forget the name of the road but it runs parallel to 395) and then up Kingsberry Grade to Tahoe. It's a nice steady climb and a fun descent. I usually turn around at the top instead of heading down to the lake...the descent to the lake is really tight and steep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the seamus
    (I forget the name of the road but it runs parallel to 395) and then up Kingsberry Grade to Tahoe.
    Jacks Valley Road, which will take you through Nevada's oldest town, Genoa (a pony express stop) on the way to Kingsbury grade. But that's probably more like a 3+ hour ride... fast times to the top of Kingsbury are in the 40 minute range; mortals can easily take an hour. Figure in an hour there and back and you are easily at 3 hours. But a great recommendation if you've got the time!

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