Sunday, August 12, 2007

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Its been awhile since I've written, due to being busy, and a lack of easily available internet. A lot has happened since the worse night in the world though. We've finally left Nevada, after a short but very productive build day in Sparks, Nevada. I spent the morning cutting and stacking rebar with the other two amigos and Sarah.


After our build day in Sparks we finally wished Nevada goodbye and rode to South Lake Tahoe just over the border in California, our final state. The ride out of Sparks was challenging as we had to climb over the Sierra Nevada's across Mt. Rose the highest year round pass in the Sierra's and a climb of 4,000+ feet.

The ride off the summit was a little chilly, but had amazing views of Lake Tahoe, a beautiful clear water lake on the border of Nevada and California.


The California welcome sign was more than a little disappointing as we rode 3400 miles and it was small, but David never to be discouraged showed his enthusiasm, by jumping for joy and beating me to the state line, something he swears he wont let me forget.


In South Lake Tahoe we stayed at the St. Teresa's Catholic Church Parish Hall, and enjoyed a day off on the shores of the Lake Tahoe. Mollitor learned the hard way that you shouldn't fall asleep in the sun when the pasty white part of your body is showing, and not just the super tan part that usually sees the sun.


Today brought my final sweep day with David Mollitor, and we rocked it like a mullet (see the title of the blog for an explanation if you don't get it right away). As for difficulty on a sweep day this was a very easy day. This morning we faced a short 1,000 foot climb to Echo Pass, then we rode down hill for most of the rest of the day into Placerville, CA. Above is a picture of Mollitor on our way up the major climb of the day, showing his excitement about the downhill run coming up and climbing the final mountain of the trip. We actually lost 4,000+ feet of elevation today and we'll lose most of the rest of it tomorrow as we ride into Davis.


The final 10 miles of the day were down amazing side roads near Placerville, past vineyards and orchards, and even a row of rose bushes that Sarah stopped to smell.


The trip is coming to a close and people are ready for the end, but I think the nostalgia will start to show in the next few days as we realize how far we've come and what we've been through as a group.

Only 4 days till San Fran.

A shout out to my wonderful mother who is currently driving all of my worldly possessions from Colorado towards my new home in Santa Barbara. Also thanks to all of my family and friends who have been so supportive on this trip.

29 comments:

-dani- said...

i'm really proud of you!

d

Anonymous said...

Nathan,
Love that pic of Mollitor on top of the last mountain! What an experience this has been for you! I can't wait to see you at the Presidio. My driving adventure is nothing compared to the miles you have pedaled...time for me to fill the tank and head west. Today it is Elko, NV or Bust!
Stay safe,
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Anonymous said...

Nathan:

I am on your laptop and so far so good. Not doing anything fancy yet.Again perfect pictures and we are as happy and thrilled for you as you must be.Be careful and enjoy the final days.
Love you,MeMe

lauren v said...

Nathan--I've been enjoying your blog so much this summer--how exciting that your cross-country journey is almost complete. You are amazing! Good luck in Santa Barbara and keep in touch as your life unfolds!

-Lauren Varner

Anonymous said...

Hey Nathan!
Really enjoyed this blog entry, especially the great photo of your friend David Mollitor. Have a blast on these last few days! Love, The Melansons

Anonymous said...

Nathan,
It was good to see the beatiful pictures of you getting into California. What an adventure you have been on. It's hard to believe the ride is almost over.
Jerry

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