Last night I resolved to get up at normal time and see what the weather was doing before deciding wether or not to push on. The prediction of 4 feet of snow overnight did not come to fruition. This morning was really cold, and low cloud cover meant visability was severely limited.
I blasted the 60 miles to Walden, my destination for today, getting in at around 11.00 – although by the time I got there I was like a human ice cube. The temperature didn’t get above -10 all day, and apparently just to the north it’s sitting at -25! The low cloud cover today made for some monotonous cycling – I climbed up over another continental divide point, and when the cloud cover did momentarily lift I found myself in North Park. North Park is a basin surrounded by the rocky mountains, and from the little I’ve seen of it is really picturesque. I got inside just in time, and by the time I was warmed up it was blizzarding again.
Walden is ‘the moose watching capital of the world’ – from what the owner of the motel told me moose are about as heavy as an average sized car, and are very territorial. They warn you not to go anywhere near one as they do attack people if they feel threatened, so I’m glad I didn’t come across one in the cloud today. I’m going to monitor the weather overnight and see how things stand in the morning – there are severe winter storm warnings out for the area, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out tomorrow.