Note: Monkey, is the title given a passenger in a sidecar rig.
It was officially opened for the season on Friday, May 29, it was a start for the road, after snows kept the crews working hard to clear off all the snow.
We left the house on Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol Sidecar Rig, Martha as the monkey of course. The weather was just a tad cool but not cold and bright sunny skies warmed us as we made our way to Estes Park via the E-470/I-25 super slabs and passed Longmont using CO State Road 66.
Traffic was lighter than I expected, which was fine by me. There was an air show down by the SE portion of the metro area, near the Aurora Reservoir, which may have attracted folks. Again, fine by me!
We made it to Estes park just shy of two hours after leaving the house. We paid our fee to get in and it was time to ride up and see what we could see. Martha did a great job shooting both video and photos using the Nikon AWS110 camera that I used to use before I bought the Sony A5000. Check out the video at the end of this post, it was ALL Martha's shooting.
At the Rainbow Curve Overlook
A view of the Aspenglen Valley (I think)
It was cool but not really cold when we got above the treeline
Just west of the Alpine Visitor Center on Medicine Bow Curve
Not a bad pile of snow eh?
D+M, we'll be historic for a few hours, days perhaps, until the snow melts!
The view from inside the Alpine Visitors Center's gift shop
photo by Martha's Nikon Camera
It's the park's 100th Anniversary this year!
Views of the Continental Divide mountains on the other side
of Forest Canyon below
At an overlook before the Rock Cut
Near the Rock Cut on Trail Ridge Road, possible views of
Stone Peak and Flat Top Mountain
At the Rock Cut
photo by Martha
Jackstraw and Ida Mountain peaks?
Near the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center as one exits the park.
Possibly Hallett Peak in the background?
Sadly, I have to put ? marks on the ID of the peaks in the pictures as I didn't take the time to break out the PeakFinder app I'd recently bought for the iPhone. I'll try and do better about such things in future posts!
We stopped at Estes Park once we left the park and had us some pie from the Estes Park Pie Shop and Bakery. Their sign reads: "You need Pie!", and they were right!
It was delicious Blackberry and Peach Pie
Photo courtesy of Martha
The ride home was without incident and in rather warm weather, probably in the mid-80s Farenheit. Martha claims it was only for 20 minutes but I think it was much longer period of time where she napped in the sidecar!
Make sure you set it to 1080p or HD, the "moving frame" is youtube's efforts to
stabilize or remove shakiness from the video.