It was a very long night. We finished our dinner last night at about 6:30 and were in our sleeping bags by 7:15. The wind was blowing and there wasn't much to do but go to sleep. The wind continued to blow and the temperature dropped enough for me to get up and put on my wool shirt and longjohns. Around 1 the wind quieted and the rain began. I covered myself with a plastic tarp and hoped the rain would end soon. 2 hours later the drumming on the tarp quieted and with cold feet I slept until 5. We were at the casino for breakfast well before 6. There we met Ed who was also Biking cross country. He spent the night under an awning behind the Casino. We spent $10 for our site with showers of both kinds. His spot was free with no showers of either kind. His ride plan is quite different than ours. He is planning to take 6 months for the trip.
Our first climb began right out of town and within 15 minutes snow began to fall and soon it was a mini blizzard. It lasted long enough to coat the hills, roadside and us with a light dusting of white. From too hot Yesterday to having to ride today in full winter gear is really pretty strange.
5 more passes climbed ranging from 6400 to 7600 feet high. Cross winds were so strong it felt like I spent most of the day leaning into the wind to keep from getting blown over. Rode for a while with Viitse from Holland. He's planning a 10 week crossing from San Francisco to New York.
Winter gear all day though there were some nice sunbreaks when we rolled into Ely. It's too cold to camp so we're moteling tonight. We're planning a late start in the morning since snow is predicted. Is there no middle ground to the weather?