Ely to Nevada/Utah border. 63 miles

As I looked out my motel window this morning, there were ominous black clouds to the East. My direction of travel! So I debated whether to stay or not. After a cup of coffee and my regulation noodles, I looked out the window again. The clouds had gone, and there was a clear blue sky! Still very windy, but then I only had 60 miles to cycle today, so I decided to go for it.

After leaving my motel room, I once again saw those black clouds, they were hiding around the other side of the building! If I hadn’t have left the motel key in my room, I would have returned to my room! But with the door slamming shut behind me, there wasn’t any choice, I had to leave!

As I headed out of town, it got really dark and cold! In the distance, I could see another cyclist standing by the side of the road. As I pulled up we introduced ourselves, his name was Jan, from Belgium. He was also debating as to whether to continue on, it was looking very bleak up ahead! After talking, we both decided to go for it.

As we rode along together, it started to get really cold! I only had shorts and sandals on, and soon had to stop to put another layer on! After another mile or two, it started to snow with a bitterly cold wind! And after going down a rather long hill, I had to stop again, and put trainers, socks and trousers on!

The snow was only brief, but the cold wind remained all-day with us all-day.

It was nice to be riding along with somebody else, especially on such an awful day, it helped both of us to keep going. We parted company with only 6 miles to go for both of us, as Jan was heading in a different direction to me.

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