Today was the day to for Valencia, my 2011 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig to ascend and see the world from the top of Pikes Peak.
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We left shortly after 7:20AM, enjoying temperatures in the low 40s and by 9:00AM I had paid my $10 fee, been warned by the Pikes Peak Highway Rangers about conditions and was ready to go up. Conditions were 12°F with 33 mph winds, some clouds but mostly sunny.
Traffic was light as the road had just been opened for the day, I shared the road with perhaps three or four cars but we were pretty spread apart. Valencia and I pretty much had the road to ourselves....
Pikes Peak from Crystal Reservoir
A peek at the top while still under the timberline.
Now above the timberline, near Mile Marker 13
Pretty clear day today, you could see quite far
from above 11,000 Feet
One of the final hairpin turns before one gets to
the top of the mountain.
Valencia at the top...14,110 Feet
and she was running great!
The Cog Railway was running as you can see
for folks who didn't want to drive up.
One of the many scenic views from the
top of Pikes Peak.
I didn't spend a lot of time up on the top of the mountain. It was cold and windy. I ended up walking around with my helmet in the closed mode as one would lose feeling of one's face pretty quickly. Around 11:30 or so I started moving down the mountain as the clouds were getting thicker and that meant a weather front was moving in.
The ride down was pretty uneventful, a couple of idiot cagers not knowing how to negotiate hairpin turns without wandering into the oncoming lane but not unexpected.
Now descending from the top, here's Valencia
Next to the "Bottomless Pit" area
One of the hairpins just before the Rock Pile
The Rock Pile
Above and below, views from the Rock Pile
Back below the Timberline
Back down below 6500 feet again, posing
Valencia at the requisite spot.
I'd ridden down to Colorado Springs via the I-25 Super Slab and it was the same route that I took going back home. I averaged about 60-65 MPH for the most part and ended up being passed by everyone except for one large truck. Still, Valencia did great, no mechanical issues that I could see or hear. She went slightly over 2500 Km on this trip so I'll be doing her 2500 Km service tomorrow!