At Crystal Reservoir, with a view of the top of Pikes Peak
On a clear day....
Just have to be careful not to get too close to the edge!
The requisite sign picture at the summit
Man, it was cold up there, windy and 21°F (-6 °C)
The strong winds up top made the cold feel like knives cutting through....
A distant view of the peaks forming the Continental Divide
Closer views of the nearby peaks, while sitting next to the
US Army Weather Lab Building
Looking back towards the visitor center at the summit
The view one sees as one exits the summit parking lot area
I believe the above is near the last hairpin turn before the summit
Approaching Devil's Playground
Approaching the Bottomless Pit Overlook
At the Bottomless Pit Overlook.
I started having battery issues around this point. I had to use the emergency battery start to jump start Fiona. She seemed OK after that, I could see the voltmeter reporting 13+ volts when the RPMs were at least 2000. So I took the remaining shots while leaving the rig running.
A view of the road's curves
At the Rock Pile
Last shot before battery completely died on Fiona
As I was taking the above shot, I didn't hear Fiona's engine cut out due to the battery level now being too low to sustain ignition. At least that's my theory since voltages were below 6V per the volt meter! Arrgghh.
I drained the emergency battery startup unit and it wasn't enough to bring voltage up to about 11V which is apparently minimum required to sustain ignition.
What to do, what to do?
Leaving the emergency battery hooked up (mostly for luck I think), I held in the clutch and turn off the ignition so no lights on the rig. I coasted down the mountain, watching the voltmeter slowly, ever so slowly, rise to 11.0 volts. Not being able to use engine braking, the brakes got pretty warm on Fiona!
As the battery got to that voltage, I reached a point in the road where it was no longer sloping down. I engaged the choke and the engine started and stayed on after the second attempt with the starter! Yay.
I kept the revs high as I cruised on down the remainder of the mountain road, and while the engine was running, felt some misses on acceleration. It would take me several minutes and clearing the Pikes Peak fee station before I realized I'd left the choke on! Doh. The misses went away after I turned off the choke, go figure.
I made it back to the RV site at Cheyenne Mountain State Park with no further issues and Fiona is now on the CTEK battery charger getting replenished.
My theory is that the cold up at the summit, coupled with my many stops for pictures, zapped the battery. More testing to be done of course but I'd hate to think this particular battery has gone bad, it's not even a year old! More to follow on this.