The mountain pass I had to face today was daunting enough, but I woke to cold, wind, and rain as well. I had a pretty miserable morning. My front wheel started making ominous noises around lunchtime, so after lunch I worked it over ... though if the rain keeps up as forecast, I'll be doing that every day!
It was slow going all day; I finally started ascending after 3:00, and it was after 5 by the time I reached the "summit" -- the high point of the pass. I wish I could say the view was great, but between the forest and the clouds there wasn't much visibility.
Each time the rain stopped, I toyed with the idea of camping tonight, but when I didn't see any sign for the campground I was aiming for, I decided to heck with it and got a motel. It's probably the nicest hotel I've stayed in in the past year, and the price is very reasonable.