Highest point: 14, 110 Ft or 4300 Meters. (This beats out all but 8 of the mountains in the Alps) and you can ride your motorcycle all the way to the top!
Coldest point was the start of the ride with 20°F (-6°C). Heck, I saw temperatures in the mid-30s and once at 40°F (4°C) while on Pikes Peak! The sun was out in force as you'll see in the pictures and it sure had a warming effect on things.
Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol Sidecar Rig and I motored out the neighborhood a bit before 8:30AM and we be at the summit of Pikes Peak by 10:30AM. Traffic was light on the I-25 super slab that we took to make good time, even while moving at URAL speed: 55-59 MPH.
belonging to the Air Force Academy
along I-25 Super Slab.
Next few pictures were taken as we descended from the summit of Pikes Peak, parking whenever there was a spot wide enough for Scarlett and not too close to the edge as I wasn't sure sometimes where rock ended and snow kept going.
The view towards the summit from the Rock Pile
Soon after the last picture, I was below the treeline and picture opportunities became rare. Got off the mountain with only a couple of slight incidents involving stupid cagers.
Oh, the iciest spot encountered? It was while exiting the fee station! The narrow corridor that serves as an exit was packed with ice and I went into it a bit too fast. The exit lane is in the shade of the fee station buildings you see, and it's hard to see until you're close.
The rig slid slightly sideways but the tires regained their grip and I managed to negotiate what had suddenly become a tight slippery turn with no problems. It did speed up my heart a little bit though.
Scarlett and I rode home basically retracing our route on the I-25 Super Slab except that when we were passing Castle Rock I could see traffic had come to a stand still on the slab. Scarlett and I quickly took the Founder's Parkway exit and meandered on Crowfoot Parkway all the way to the town of Parker.
From Parker it was usual streets to get back home. All in all, a good day's worth of riding don't you think?
Here's hoping you got some riding in this weekend!