We had set up the tent last night in a nook of trees and bushes, a natural wind block. We were up at 4am though because the wind had shifted direction and was now hitting the tent on the exposed side. Not an auspicious start to the day.
There was no shortage of scenery today. The views of the water and the mountains across the lake were stunning. But the photos from today disguise its difficulty. The wind had us weaving all over the road. For people driving out here it must look like open season bowling for bicycles.
We have moved beyond the category of wind that can knock us off our bikes and have discovered wind that is so strong we can’t even push our bikes through it. Do you know how belligerent the wind has to be, to be unable to roll a bicycle forward?! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!
A few times while trying to push my bicycle, the wind was so strong it spun my bike around like a weathervane. And as the wind was blasting in our face, a storm flew through sending down raindrops like little bullets in the wind. Thanks, that’s just what we needed.
What makes days like today difficult is the uncertainty. These winds could last hours, days or even weeks. If I was out for a weekend ride and knew I had a hot shower, warm bed, four walls and a roof waiting for me at the end then this would be much easier to cope with. But this world of hostile wind is ours, day and night, for the next…who knows how long.
Yet even though today has me utterly wrecked, I’d do it all over again, just to watch the sun go down over these mountains.
It’s not always fun, but it’s always worth it.