I'm 'in training' for a backcountry bike trip to Utah next week, so I've been trying to put on the miles that I didn't get in over the summer due to a number of excuses (boat, rain, sprained thumb). For the most part, this fall has been beautiful and I've been lucky with the weather. But last week did pit my competing desires to 'be in better shape' versus to 'stay warm and dry' against each other.
Cold temperatures at night had made the lower elevation trails a little gooey, so last Sunday, I suggested to Paul that we ride higher where maybe the temperatures were a little more even. We did find that the surface of the Powerline Pass trail was indeed mostly frozen. We were surprised to find that the upper part of the valley was also covered in snow. We weren't entirely thrilled to be riding in snow in October, but it was fun to see the upper valley in snow and ice.
On Monday, I biked to work in sleet and cold. And on Tuesday, the thermometer was set at 25 when I pedaled down the driveway. It's beginning to feel like winter.