New hike is out in the wilds of California past Truckee, near a town I’ve never heard of, off a highway I’ve just now become aware of. Sardine Overlook.
Google Maps says to take I-80 to 89 and then 49. I say to hell with the man and I’ll circumnavigate Lake Tahoe and pick up 89 on the other side. Take the back route to the place I have no familiarity with. Sounds like a plan, right?
I’ll be taking the KLR650 out with the usual gear. Backpack with a hoodie just in case, Kleen Canteen of water, a bottle of Gatorade, Clif bar, banana, Nutter butter, extra power for the iPhone, hiking pole, floppy camo hat, and goddamned bug repellant. I’m still healing from the heinous mosquito and spider bites from my last hike to Castle Peak! Before I hit the road, I continue the ritual of latte and a bite to eat at Starbucks. Get ready for awesome food photography…
Time to go. I’ll update as the cell signal allows.
Trip is longer than I’d anticipated. Made it to US49. Riding in areas I’ve never been. Thought this was gonna be a hiking adventure and is turning into a kickass motorcycle ride through winding mountain roads.
Kinda forgot to update this blog post. It was blazing hot that day, around 85 degrees. Was sweating like a whore in church, as they say. Might’ve been because I was covered in bug repellant and greasy sun block. Oh, the first world problems of being a pale white dude.
It’s not a true Heartajack adventure unless there’s suffering. The Tamarack Trail is totally covered in rocks. From basketball size down to pea size. Not great on the ankles. Did I mention it was hot?
Still, it’s totally been worth the hike. Not the toughest I’ve been on, but one of the best views I’ve seen in a while.
The hike back is just as ankle busting as the way up. Rolled my foot a couple times, thankfully the new hiking boots are doing their job.
Before I sign off on this belated blog post, I’ll leave you with Lake Tahoe.