Pikes Peak was only open, as I type this, 15 of the 19 miles to the summit so it was not a ride candidate for Scarlett and I.
Pictures from the Loveland Ski Area looked quite promising yesterday and so Scarlett and I motored away from home shortly after 7AM to see what we could see.
glimpse of distant snow-clad peaks.
We took super slabs all the way up to the mountains, traffic was light, the sun was shining and temperatures would be in the low 40's Fahrenheit all the way to Loveland Pass Road or US6 exit from I-70 just before the Eisenhower Tunnel which crosses under the Continental Divide.
The roads at 9AM were wet looking which kept my speeds down as the temperatures dropped into the low 30s as I gained altitude on Loveland Pass Road. I was glad for the light traffic conditions, once the ski resorts open up, the road can become jammed with frantic cagers rushing to stand in line at the ski lifts.
a small pond . There was only perhaps six inches of snow so it
was still trafficable. Later on in the season, a couple of feet or more of
snow will bar motorized access to this area.
Scarlett and I then motored slowly down from the summit towards the curve which overlooks the Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort.
So little traffic today, I elected to motor on down further instead of turning around which is what I usually do when here in the Winter; this is to avoid the ravening hordes of frantic skiers and cagers you see. Today however, it was light traffic past A-Basin, then the Keystone Ski Resort and finally to the side of Dillon Lake where I stopped for pictures of Ten Mile Range once again:
Scarlett and I next retraced our steps a bit and took Swan Mountain Road to get a closer view of Ten Mile Range from a camping overlook:
Retracing our route along Swan Mountain Road, I stopped Scarlett by a part of the Dillon Reservoir/Lake and admired the nice view presented by the small "peninsula" which projects out onto the lake, dotted with really nice homes.
Since all the ski resorts are still not open for the season, I stopped Scarlett in one of the large parking lots provided by the Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort; to get a look at the surrounding mountains.
Now motoring back up the road to the summit, I stopped several times to get a view back towards the west as the sun was now shining fully on the western mountain peaks near Arapahoe Basin:
Light traffic, shallow snow depths, allowed for the next few shots with little hassle. Sometimes I had to engage the 2WD to get going from a standing stop while pointing up slope but no big deal.
The pass summit was now packed with parked cars, cagers wandering aimlessly taking pictures, and snow-boarders crossing the road. I rode right on through the summit, wanting no contact with the crowds. Just a little east of the summit, it was once again light traffic conditions and there were several good spots to stop and pose Scarlett.
The rest of the ride was just super slab riding. I noted that the temperature on Scarletts' engine heads climbed past 400 briefly as I was keeping speeds on or about 60 mph. Temperatures would remain above 370 or so anytime I went above 55 mph.
I got home in a short time, arriving just a little after 1:15PM. Temperatures in the metro area had soared to almost 69 degrees Fahrenheit so I was quite warm in all my riding layers!
Hope you liked the pictures, I was quite delighted with the amount of snow on Loveland Pass, it augurs for some nice Winter riding ahead of me.
What are your thoughts on the watermark I am putting on all the pictures now? It really won't stop the theft given enough motivation on the part of a thief, but it's at least a reminder.