Wanted to update this group.. So far I got hit with a pretty heavy snow on Lizard Head. Glad to have ALL of my storm gear. Used every piece (Gortex Jacket, Arterex Pants, Synthetic jacket, Winter gloves, & Booties). Freakin cold out of Rico CO. The climb was pretty mild. But once I was 5 miles from the summit all hell broke loose. http://youtu.be/esxv3OXYegs
After stripping down to the skin I jumped into warm DRY gear and huddled in the NFS shack at the summit. Waited for the storm cell to pass and then hauled ass down hill. THANK GOD for my goretex gloves. If you ever ride in these conditions I cannot stress how important a good set of gloves can be. Got into Telluride and settled in. What a great town. Because I'm riding for wounded Marines and sailors the Brown Dog Bar treated me like a king. Left the next morning and rode allllllllllllllll the way downhill to Ridgeway CO. Stopped in at the True Grit cafe (Movie True Grit was filmed and settled in for the night. Up the next morning for a casual ride to Montrose (28 miles with a grat tailwind). Left the next day for the grind up the Ciero Pass (8,000ft). 1 word SUCKED! Long long grade and it was hot boxing most of the way up (No wind just the wicked solar heat). Down into Cimmarron CO and a bite to eat at this tiny cafe (Pleasant Valley) for a killer double hamburger. Great guy at the cafe and former Marine (Tim). Next came the sneaky grade from hell. Climbing out of Cimmeron was a bitch. I made it to Sapinero CO and stayed at this great Gen Store / Bar / Cabins. Jim and Gerry are great people and put me up in... The Love shack. Thats the name above the door way. No shit.
Today I got up p at 7am and took off hoping to make Sargents. Right now I'm sitting in front of the General Store using their wireless to up load this. Temps are expected to drop below freezing with a slight chance of snow. Tomorrow I will wait for a weather window to attack Monarch Pass. Suppose to be clear in the morning.... Its storming on the summit right now. No one said it was gonna be a fair fight.
Gotta go set up my bivy for the night.
Stay tuned, its gonna be a good one.