With an uncertain weather forecast calling for much cooler temps, strong winds, and the possibility of rain/snow, I was equally uncertain about what I might plan for. Probably just running and no biking. In the end, plan A was to run an O' course at Granite Planite, and plan B was to do something else (how's that for a plan!).
As it worked out, I drove through some light snow falling to get to Granite Planite, and as I was parking and getting my gear ready, snow was whistling by horizontally. It was looking like plan B.
So plan B was to put on a new pair of O' race shoes which I had tried on and run in very briefly and found to be too tight right out of the box, and which would require some breaking in. With the shoes on, I steeled myself, opened the door, and hurled myself into the wind. It actually wasn't near as bad (cold) as I had expected and the snow soon stopped.
About 10 minutes in, I was wondering if I should turn around and head back and change shoes, as the new shoes really were tight, with an especially bothersome band across my right forefoot. But I kept on at a very gingerly pace, and gradually things got better. By around the 50 minute mark the shoes were feeling noticeably better.
Prior to that point, however, and new snow cloud swept through and for about 20 minutes I was enveloped in snow that at times was quite thick. I really wasn't properly dressed for that at the speed I was running and gloves would have been extra nice. But the snow eased off and then quit altogether, to be replaced by full, brilliant sunshine. I was running in the area immediately south of Granite Planite, consisting largely of one good sized south facing slope with scattered rock in all sizes, and dissected by various small valleys, gullies, and reentrants, with mostly a savannah of ponderosa pine and some scattered sage for vegetation. I tried to think what it reminded me of, and in the end I decided more than anything else it reminded me of Lake George rather than any of the other mapped Laramie areas. Even though it adjoins Granite Planite, it's almost an entirely different terrain type, and more physical as well (it's a big slope.) It's excellent terrain, especially this time of year, when nearly all the cheat grass has been cropped down low. But even though we have base map covering the area, I think it will wait until lidar arrives. The base map is roughish and really not much fun to work with.
The sunshine lasted for a half hour or so, and long enough for me to get back to my truck. Back on the highway, another snow cloud swept over, and this one unleashed very heavy snow in big wind, with visibility dropping away to virtually nothing. Soon enough that squall ended, too, and that was it for snow for the day.