Pictures of cloudy and drippy conditions aren't popular with tourist brochures. Even cycling websites like this one tend to be a bit biased in favor of blue sky and sunshine. But as I say elsewhere on this site, most of the rainy days are actually very enjoyable, if ya take the right attitude. The green of the fields and forests takes on an entirely different hue and mood on these days. In fact you realize that without this rain, it wouldn't be green, after all! The world doesn't need any more tawny, semi-arid desert regions...god knows I saw enough in Peru and the middle east. Give me some rain and a song to sing, and i'll show you how to make cycling a joy which is in spite of the elements--resplendent in its defiance-- rather than passively dependent upon them. There is a smell to the air, of damp earth and decaying vegetation, of green leaves and pine pitch, that you do not get when the air is dry and fair. To boot, many photographers swear by cloudy (if not exactly rainy) days, for then the light is softer and sweet on their film, and they are not torn between contrasts of glaring sun and deep shadows. While the clouds will often obscure the high peaks you have traveled so long to see, you are treated to a remarkable show as the storms pass and the mountains emerge from the breaking clouds, often freshly dusted with snow. On a long tour you will have your fair share of mountain scenery and will not grudge the loss of some peaks to fog and rain. On my world tour, I did not get to see the peaks of the Peruvian Andes due to a prolonged rainy stretch; but I did get my due in the Karakorams and Himalayas of India and Pakistan.