The group ride left at 9:00 AM with a black Equinox leading the motorcycles. Sherm and Don drove with Sandy and I. There was a minor miscue as I led the group right into Gardnerville rather than take the shorter (and smoother) road to the Kingsbury Grade up to Lake Tahoe, California.
We arrived at Heidi's Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe shortly after 10:00. They had awesome food, as usual. Unfortunately, they also had a rule that says they would not do more than three cheques per table. This was a silly rule and Cranky's table was granted a dispensation. We were not as cranky and made do with the three tickets.
Nite Lite and Linda were supposed to arrive this afternoon from Petaluma. Lo and behold, they pulled into Heidi's for breakfast just before we left. Small world. Because they would not be able to check in until 3:00 PM, we convinced them to travel with us to Virginia City.
We left Heidi's and crossed back into Nevada, following US 50 north along the east side of Lake Tahoe. This was the exact area shown to be The Ponderosa Ranch on the famous map that burned at the beginning of the TC series Bonanza. When US 50 turned towards Carson City, we kept moving north on Nevada 28 to Incline Village.
In Incline Village, we took the Mount Rose Highway up over the Mount Rose Pass. At 8,911 feet, this pass was the highest all season pass in Nevada. We stopped at the summit for photos.
We continued down the winding Mount Rose Highway to where it crossed US 395 and started back up as the Geiger Grade. This road also wound as it took us up to Virginia City.
We managed to find street parking in Virginia City despite the crowds. Then we wandered and checked out the shops, including the ice cream place.
A few left before the group decided it was time. We road down through Silver City to US 395, where we turned south and took the bypass around Carson City. There was one stop so Mac Guy could get gas and Sherm could get a Maverik drink refill.
South of Carson City, we exited US 395 and went to Genoa, established in 1851 and the oldes town in what was Nevada Territory. It also has the oldest bar in the entire state of Nevada.
Wild Rose and Mongrel/Donna left Genoa heading for Gardnerville. Rose needed headlight bulbs for her GoldWing since it had burned out both low beams. The rest of us ran along the edge of the mountain until we came to Highway 88, and then took it and some side roads to US 395. From there, it was straight back to Topaz Lodge where we arrived about 5:15
Don had planned a group supper for tomorrow night at the Heyday Inn in Smith Valley. This Basque themed establishment was very highly rated. Tonight, he was checking it out with Mac Guy and Payton, who were leaving tomorrow morning. Sandy, Sherm and I decided to accompany them.
We had been looking forward to this dinner ever since Don announced it. Unfortunately, the menu was limited, the prices were high, the service wasn't up to par and the food wasn't what we had been expecting. Don selected the place based on the reviews and a desire for something memorable. Perhaps we just caught them on a bad night? In any case, the three of us decided we would not return.
Back at the Lodge, Jim and Laurie had arrived.
We all went over to the bar for our free drinks of the day. After that, Wild Rose came back to our room where Sherm mixed up something involving a coffee liqueur. Then everyone turned in fairly early. We had no idea what we would be doing tomorrow.
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