I had planned to ride to Eden, MT today. The route is in the foothills of the Little Belt Mountains. Well, I wasn't counting on the 23MPH head/cross winds. (gusting over 33MPH ) Temperature was ~68F. This ride has some of the biggest climbs I have since I began cycling a little over a year ago. The hills come one after another. Miles of climbing followed by short shallow dips. Followed by bigger longer climbs. I went out around 8 miles. Between the hills and the wind I was spent. I was not even able to fully enjoy the decents coming back since the cross winds were nearly blowing me off the road! I did a total of 16 miles. I snapped a few photos to share with my friends here at bikeforums. It is amazing how difficult it is to capture hills and elevation change in digital photos. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my world.
(EDIT:I just looked up the route on TopoZone.com. Looks like around 1300ft elevation gain from my front door to the top of Red Butte, my turning point.)