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    Gayle and I drive to Genoa NV over the Echo Summit, over the Pioneer Trail, past the Casinos (Yeah Nevada!), and up and over the Kingsbury Grade. Alternatively, we could turn right at Meyers, travel through the Hope Valley and past Markleeville, and end up in Minden or Garderville on the way the First permanent settlement in Nevada.

    State Route 207 or the Kingsbury Grade is a 2 lane, 11.2 mile road in Douglas County, Nevada that connects U.S. Route 50 at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada and State Route 206 in the Carson Valley. As a child, Gayle remembers riding on the old and treacherous Kingsbury Grade road. While earlier called the Georgetown Trail and Daggett Pass Trail, it became known as Kingsbury Grade in honor of one of the builders of an 1860 wagon road that crossed the Sierra range here.

    This is a challenging road to drive in rain, snow, and/or sleet and good driving diligence even required in good weather. The occasional local newspaper articles about the various accidents along the Grade emphasize the point. This road is also on Nevada DOT's most treacherous highways list and rightly so. However, driving down the Kingsbury Grade from the Daggett Summit is also a gorgeous ride, as you wind down into the Carson Valley and is a part of our trip that I always look forward to.

    Over the years, there has been speculation about Heavenly building a Tram down the Mountain into this part of Nevada. I hope not as there already seems to be enough trophy homes down here and I'm quite fond of a Carson Valley that is still green and ranch friendly in many parts.

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