2009 Tour of California and skiing at Lake Tahoe
On the 12th of February, Christoper, Kate and I jumped in my car and did a road trip to California. We stopped in Eugene for lunch, then Mt. Shasta for an overnight at Christopher’s sister’s place. When we woke up in the morning it had snowed…a bunch. I had to push snow with my bumper to get out of the drive way. I left C and K behind and headed to Sacramento for the start of the Tour of California. I should have stuck around and skied that day, but I was REALLY geeked up to watch the race. I had my skies, my golf clubs, my bike and my computer. I was ready for anything.
I grabbed a cheap-ish hotel about a 10 minute bike trail ride from the start of the prolog. They had bike parking, which was perfect. So far it was working out great. The weather was decent and I was early enough to grab a good place to stand and take photos.
The next day I drove to Napa Valley to watch the second stage of the race. Unfortunately a huge winter storm blew in and was forecast to continue for the next few days. I made the choice to drive to Davis, California to watch the start instead of the finish in Santa Rosa. It was great. I was able to see a lot of the riders prior to the nasty wet, cold and rainy stage ahead.
I called my dad, who grabbed a flight and met me in Reno that night. I drove over Donner pass through a massive blizzard. The skiing was forecast to be awesome. Budka set me up with a $15 hotel room. It was great!
We also skied Alpine Meadows in a massive blizzard. It was really great. The old man flew home and I drove down to the Merced area to watch a stage roll through the mountains.
That evening I had my car detailed because the drive over the Sierras was incredibly dirty. Then I drove north of Sacramento to spend the night, then hammered it home the next day. Great trip!