The routes of the Kiss of Death are different than on any of our other tours. They are all out and back routes that start and end in Markleeville, so you can choose to ride as little or as much as you want each day. The shortest option is an easy spin to nearby Grover Hot Springs for a soak in the healing waters (8 miles, 500 feet—more hot tubbing than bike riding). The longest option is about 90 miles with over 10,000 feet of climbing, truly an epic ride!
Summer weather in the High Sierra is best described as variable. While most of the time in June and July is warm and sunny, cold and wet weather is not impossible. Afternoon thundershowers are possible, and even a little snow has been known to fall in June. Even if the weather in Markleevile is mild, the weather on the high passes can turn cold, wet, and windy. Our best advice is to be prepared for changing weather conditions—the SAG van will carry your extra clothing if you don’t need it.
When researching a trip, we seek out dining options with healthy, fresh choices typical of the California cuisine style of cooking. The town of Markleeville is very small, so the restaurant options are limited, and they change from year to year. In the past, we have had outdoor salmon barbecues, home made pasta feasts, and traditional restaurant meals. It changes from year to year.
Nobody goes hungry on an Undiscovered Country trip! One of the joys of riding several hours per day is getting to enjoy the dinner afterwards. For breakfast and dinner, you can order as much or as little as you wish.
Buffet breakfast is served at the J Markleee Toll Station every morning. These are healthy breakfasts, and we encourage you eat well to fuel up for the daily rides.
We gather on the first evening of the trip in Markleeville, at the J Marklee Toll Station. We will spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights there.
The trip officially ends in the mid-afternoon on Monday, at the J Marklee Toll Station in Markleeville. We’ve arranged with the hotel owner to let us use one of the rooms for changing and showering before heading home.
Don't forget to bring your bicycle. But if you need a bicycle, we will provide one for you at no additional cost.
Cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling socks, cycling shoes, gloves, helmet, wind jacket or vest, rain gear (jacket, pants, helmet cover, shoe covers), sunglasses. For colder weather: arm warmers, knee/leg warmers or tights, full fingered gloves, shoe covers, beanie.
Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, casual evening wear.
Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card.
If you still have questions, please take a look at our general Frequently Asked Questions page. It addresses questions that are common to all tours.
My husband and I rented bikes and did a self guided trip on the Monterey Coast and Carmel Valley. We are not die hard bikes but we really enjoyed the trip. The rides were hard for us as we weren't in the best of shape (April is early for bike riding in the Midwest). We were able to follow the gps with no problems and did complete all four days of biking. We enjoyed the suggested restaurant stops. It was a little scary riding on Hwy. 1 on the way to Big Sur but the scenery was outstanding. The hotels were awesome, very different in style. It was a little tricky figuring out the pick up and drop off of the bikes but they were very accommodating. Experienced 2 flat tires and were able to change them with a little phone assistance, as I said we aren't die hard bikers. Would definitely recommend this tour!
TripAdvisor July 2014