Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sand and Suds Report

Saturday was the Sand and Suds Bike Ride and Treasure Hunt hosted by the Slow Rollers. This was our first Treasure Hunt themed ride, so we didn't know what to expect. We all met at noon at "The Y" up in South Tahoe. We were given a map and two pages of riddles and questions. The answers were found by following the map and looking for signs and landmarks. Since many of the answers were found by reading historical points of interest type of signs, we ended up learning a lot about the area.

We rode around The Tahoe Keys Marina, Pope Beach, Baldwin Beach, the Tallac Historical Site, and various other places on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. We were out on the bikes for about five hours total, and had only stopped to eat once. One of the answers was found at the the ice cream shop in Camp Richardson. The question was, "How many flavors of ice cream?". We ate about a pint of ice cream each getting to the bottom of the mystery, and that lasted us until the end of the ride.

Since there were so many places to explore, and some of the questions tough, we ended up trading answers with some of our friends. In the end, none of us won anyway. We gathered on the beach for the post ride ceremonies. The winner was announced, beer was drank, and we took turns riding the pedal pontoon boat.

For an event named "Sand and Suds", there wasn't much beer around. At least not compared to the other events we've attended. We were really too busy to stop anywhere for drinks, since there was so much ground to cover. The only beer we had during the ride was at the very end. There was an ice chest full of Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can. Wow. I don't remember my last canned beer, and certainly not my last PBR. Nonetheless, it was pretty refreshing after riding in the hot sun all day.

We ended the day with a trip to the Tahoe Pizza Company for some real food and real beer. It turned out to be a fun day. I think we definitely prefer the group ride feel of the other events though. We barely saw anybody else all day as we zipped around stealth-like, looking for clues!

There are a few other pictures HERE.

8 comments:

oldmanandhisbike said...

I actually think it is unlawful to consume psuedo-beer like PBR while wearing a Sierra Nevada t-shirt.
Might have to give up the shirt or do some community service.
And I am not surprised at all that you picked the pirate ship! :^)

Marcus said...

I think the last photograph of myself with a can of PBR was when I was trying to catch some air in my beat up pick up truck, about 20 something years ago, with can in hand out the window. I wonder if they had to drive to LA or some other big city to find beer! Looks like a fun event and may need some fine tuning

Jeff said...

"give up the shirt or do some community service." - But we split the beer! Can I get a lighter sentence?

One of the questions on the paper was, "Are you an Indian or a Pirate". We agonized over that one the whole day. Turns out either answer was correct...although we did choose pirate!

oldmanandhisbike said...

An Indian? They said Indian? Hmmm.
But you definitely are a pirate. An eye patch, a bandana, a scabbard and you ARE Johnny Depp!
I think if you do three "hail mary's" and offer your soul to the gods of good beer (bells, founders, new belgium, brooklyn, stone, etc.), they might be willing to look the other way on this "youthful indescretion"!

Sandie said...

NOT sorry we missed this one, we need to plan our own event we can do better than PBR...we need to resurrect the Strays...

Smudgemo said...

PBR? What are you guys, hipsters?

Chris said...

I haven't had a PBR since I was in MN in February. That was one of my favorite beers in college and still is in the "manly domestic canned category"

wolfy said...

You can't swing a dead cat in Reno w/o hitting a can of PBR. I actually found a cooler of the stuff in my backyard yesterday?!?!? It's a good pre (hell, during) race beer...

-M