And so it was that this morning, we headed out from Lake McGregor into a nice, cold, cloud-laden day, and rode in the drizzling rain for 2 and a half hours or so. (It did stop raining while we were having a hot cocoa break, but since we were totally wet by that point, I don't really think it counts!)
Now, we are getting pretty used to riding in the rain. It's really not so bad, and if it's warm, a little shower can actually be a nice way to cool off for a while. And riding while it is cold - that's actually sort of invigorating and pretty nice if you've got the clothes to keep your core warm. But riding in the cold rain? Not so much! It's just cold, and once your feet get wet, they are wet and cold and they won't dry out, and I think Levi Leipheimer described it very well once when he was asked about a particular stage in the Amgen Tour of California, "well, it's like standing in a cold shower for five hours." Yes it is, Levi - yes it is!
Anyway, things work out for the best sometimes, and so while we were dead tired yesterday for going another 20 miles past the campground where our fellow cyclists decided to stay for the night, we were gratified to wake up this morning in our snug little cabin, listening to the rain on the roof! I was very thankful that I'd ridden those 20 miles yesterday, and did not have to ride another two hours in the freezing rain.
|Doesn't look like it's clearing up, does it?|
Happily, Roger and I are hungry omnivores, so we are doing just fine here in Big Sky Country.
We are staying with Doug and Denice, our Warm Showers hosts. We are honored to be their first guests! They are so very warm and welcoming, we feel like family. Since they live "close enough" to the park, we are going to do a side trip like we did to Crater Lake, and ride up to Glacier without our heavy packs. We will stay a night at the lodge, and then do some of the Going to the Sun road on Thursday before heading back to Kalispell.
We are expecting rain again for the next few days, so no telling how much of the climb up Logan's Pass we will feel like doing. They are getting very close to having the road cleared all the way through. In the meantime, they allow cyclists and hikers to go up as far as their work area. So we'll see.
|Look closely - new snow on the mountains for our trip to Glacier tomorrow|
The day's report: Lake McGregor to Kalispell, 37 miles/2494 to date