Originally Posted by itsatdm
I am not pushing Grover Hot Springs, just some facts. There is a grocery store in Markleeville. A bar/restaurant and a card lock gas station. A seasonal Deli that should be open until the end of Oct. 6 miles away on 88 is a general store in Woodfords with at least a breakfast/lunch restaurant. Minden/Gardnerville and a Casino complex/store/gas station at Topaz lake within 20 miles.
There are a few other seasonal small grocery stores and restaurants available to accommodate fishermen.
I came down 88 last year after this event and Hope Valley was packed with cars and people enjoying the "colors", I don't know about Markleeville. Monitor pass should have a good view of them and the road itself is worth traveling.
This so far has been a big adventure bike event, but there are dirt roads in the area. One off 89 to 395 with some spur roads off it.
A disavantage for me is it is in my backyard. I do the 108/89/4 loop many times during the summer.
Monitor,Carson,Luther are all way more fun on a road bicycle,little slow but very scenic.
60 per downhill no problemo.