Lake Tahoe Interlude Part II
One of my favorite days up in Lake Tahoe was when we rented bikes. There's a great bikeway that winds for miles around the South Lake area and even East into Nevada. There was a well-used bike map in our cabin that we brought with us in case we got lost somehow. We headed to a bike rental stand a few minutes from our Airbnb and headed out with some geared cruisers and vague directions toward Camp Richardson. We headed West around the keys and when the path left the roadside we went through some absolutely beautiful grassy meadows, took bridges over little creeks, and had shade in the wooded areas. The sun was so warm and the ride is mostly flat, so relaxing and lovely.
Camp Richardson is a popular park and camp ground, and it was a lot busier than the area we were staying just a few miles away. The water was deeper and there were more watercraft near the shore. By our beach, the water remained shin-deep for a long ways; the water here was waist-deep and you could actually submerge (brr). A people-friendly flock of geese roamed the beach and eyed our lunch as we sat on a big stump in the shade. We rode back and stopped to admire the meadows more. It was so nice not to dodge cars - I wish Santa Cruz had more bike-friendly pathways like the ones in Tahoe!
Bike maps: map.tahoebike.org
Bike rentals: Tahoe Bike Company
South Lake Tahoe: tahoesouth.com