Econo Lodge Near Peterson Air Force Base
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... I was able to weave across the road up the steep grades (which are 8-10% most of the way with some sections at 12-14%). I did ok without stopping until the tree line at about mile 14 (8 miles into my climb). At that point, the wind picked up considerably and I was quickly forced to walk in sections simply because I didn't feel like I could control the bike.
With no guardrails, drop offs of thousands of feet, and a fear of heights, the last 5 ...
... was perfect for sightseeing. We took a drive up to Pikes Peak, elevation 14 110 feet. The ranger told us there would be a couple of slippery bits but nothing to worry about. So up we went. Hmmm nothing to worry about - he forgot to tell us that there were numerous hairpin bends and pretty well no barriers the whole way up. It was the scariest drive ever. All five of us were petrified the whole way up. Of course when ...
Was going to have less pictures today, but you know how that goes. The Pike's Peak Cog Railway is the longest and highest cog railway in the world. We rose from and elevation of 6,400 feet to 14,115 feet in under just 9 miles. Some of the grade at 25%. To give you an idea usually the greatest grade on highways is 7%.
You will see and be able to tell from the pictures where we are on the trip. We start of with big rocks and trees, then we move into area with less ...
We decided to go to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post today for a buffalo burger. On the way, I took a short detour to the overlook on Mesa Road. I wanted to take some photos of the Garden of the Gods. I also wanted to see the burn scars from the Waldo Canyon fire. From the overlook, the mandatory photo is of the rock formation which contains the Kissing Camels with Pikes Peak looming in ...
... and see the sights that make up their new lives.
We will hike volcanoes, wander ancient cities, browse indigenous markets, and lounge on beaches. But the thing that I'm most looking forward to is sitting with some of my favorite people in the world, enjoying a cold beer at a streetside table, talking and laughing, soaking in the smells, sounds, sights, and tastes of a strange new place.
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