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.