Today we rode out a bit before 9:00AM and headed south along CO State Highway 83, motoring on my two Ural sidecar rigs, Fiona ('99 Patrol with BMW engine) and Scarlett (2014 Patrol).
RichardM was on Fiona, helping me rack up the remaining miles necessary to complete the break-in period for the rebuilt gearbox done by Bural aka Richard Winter.
We started the ride with temperatures in the low 40's and would end up with a low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit at mile marker sixteen on the Pikes Peak Highway. Due to snow at the summit, the road was closed by the park rangers at mile marker 16.
Since we heard the road was closed at mile mark 13, we detoured to the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs to give the weather some time to clear the summit.
After cruising most of Garden of the Gods, we then got on US Highway 24 westbound and soon were heading up the Pikes Peak Highway. The top half of the mountain was obscured by low lying clouds which were producing snow at the summit we were told.
A few rain drops, which turned into snow flakes, fell on us as we motored up the mountain. The roads were looking pretty wet and slick but proved to be just wet, no ice.
As mentioned before, we only were able to ride up to mile marker sixteen where further progress was blocked by a park ranger in his truck and some traffic cones:
It was a bit chilly up at this point, just slightly below freezing. We decided to head back down the mountain instead of waiting with the line of cars that hoped to make it to the summit.
We were, for quite some time, riding within the clouds, quite foggy.
As we descended beneath the cloud layer, a nice view of Colorado Springs presented itself as we positioned the rigs down a dirt trail away from the cagers who were clogging up the hairpin turns on the highway itself.
Once we got below the treeline, it was basically steady riding to the town of Manitou Springs where we had lunch a a subs/pizza shop.
After this late lunch and some nice conversation with RichardM, we tanked up the rigs nearby and then retraced our route on Highway 83 back to Centennial. A good day of riding, both rigs did great and best of all, Fiona reached the 19,000 kilometer mark! This means she's past her rebuilt gearbox's break-in period! We can now "open her up" to 55-60 mph.
Tomorrow, I'l be working on the RV with RichardM and we'll try and get the gearbox oil changed out one more time.
P.S. Sorry, I forgot to bring ScooterBob along.