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18 May 2012, 10:45 PM PT, Sacramento, CA

Short riding day today. Only 162 miles. Here's why

I needed to have the bike serviced. It had been 5,000 miles since the last service. Turns out it needed new brake pads in the front and rear. Otherwise it was a standard service. Thanks to Jordan at Carson City Harley Davidson for getting the work done.

Here's my first sight of Lake Tahoe. This is from mountains between Carson City and Lake Tahoe.

One of those rare pictures where you see me. You did notice me in that gorgeous lake and snow capped mountain picture, right?

This was my last sight of Lake Tahoe. I have climbed the Sierras and am almost at Echo Summit which has an elevation of 7,283 feet. Surprisingly low for a summit in the middle of the Sierras. I had many summits in the mountain ranges in Nevada that were higher than that. But I was cold enough to put on the rain jacket / windbreaker. I took it off again when I was lower and warmer.

I liked the looks of that big granite mountain right behind that neat building. This is on the way down the Sierras into Sacramento.

I finished the new US50, it ends here in Sacramento. But, as I have said, that is not the end as far as I am concerned. That is in San Francisco, about another 100 miles to go. I will finish it up tomorrow morning.

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