Placerville Railroad Grade
The temperatures had abated somewhat when we rolled out this morning. The first part of the ride was delightful along the American River Parkway which is a 27 mile bikepath from downtown Sacramento to Folsom. The water was calm and a slight cool breeze refreshed us. Then the climbing began when we turned onto Green Valley Road; we struggled as the temperatures rose on a roadway with no shade. We had a long lunch break at a cemetary at Bass Lake Road and Jack heartily enjoyed the deep shade and cool grass. We continued climbing and descending for most of the afternoon along the old Green Valley Road in the shade. However, at the end we had to walk up an incredible grade into Placerville. We headed into Placerville and came to a detour that was going in the wrong direction. A fellow cyclist came up to us and we flagged him down and asked for directions around the detour. He told us to descend to an old gravel roadbed which was the former railroad grade into Placerville. He said it was the shortest and easiest way to get to Main St. The railroad grade was wonderful and we got to town in short order. We're at 2000 ft. and climb to 3500 ft. tomorrow. High clouds signal cooler weather tomorrow. Onward we ride!