Conditions: Overcast, rain all day that later turned to snow and subfreezing temperature.
I continue to tell myself I’m out of the bad weather as I head south. I first told myself this when I had to head south from Denver to Cañon City. I would at least be out of the snow, I thought to myself, then I got snowed in at Salida and had to drive over icy roads on Monarch Pass. Then from Salida I had to head south to Cortez to escape the snow once again. I had to be in the clear from there but no, more snow. Today I made it to Arizona, a land I’ve always considered to be dry, sunny, and anything but cold. Today I was biking through a snow storm in subfreezing temperature. I felt like I was back in Colorado riding over a pass at 11,000 feet. The weather felt the same and I’ve been the only crazy person out here trying to bike through it. I do claim my rightful place as the first tour biker of the season to pass through these parts. I’ve been told that by many people throughout Colorado and I’ve earned that title but not without a fight. Every local I ask tells me the weather is out of wack this year. I just had to pick this particular time to venture through these parts. Luckily tomorrow is supposed to be the first of several sunny days, bringing in average lows around 40 and highs of 70. I’ve learned not to hold my breath when waiting for the warm weather to kick in.
Mom and I decided to take a detour to Page, Arizona to see Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, two iconic places we want to see before she leaves for home this Thursday. It’s out of the way for me, but certainly worth stopping by, who knows when I’ll be back here.
I left Monument Valley around 9:30 this morning, the beautiful views I had yesterday were a thing of the past. It was raining, and by the looks of it that rain wasn’t letting up anytime soon. I have no problem riding in the rain however I could’ve done without the fog. There wasn’t much to see so I apologize for a lack of photos. Tomorrow will be different I can guarantee that.
Aside from the Powell Museum we didn’t do much this afternoon. The NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship was on at 6:20PM (Pacific) so we watched North Carolina defeat Gonzaga and went to bed soon after that. Tomorrow we’ll be exploring Antelope Canyon, a long anticipated stop!