That my friend was awesome. Like a previous poster said. "I laughed, I cried and was inspired".
I rode across Canada in early April a few years ago, snow, rain, freezing rain but the coldest I saw was -9C and that was waaay better than the freezing rain I rode into at one point, but neither were nearly as unpleasant as -30C plus wind chill.
Great story and great narration. Thanks, and well done you!