Mid-November, 2013, a beautiful Fall Sunday here in the Great State of Colorado, it beckoned Valencia, my 2011 URAL Patrol Sidecar Rig and I up to the summit of America's Mountain: Pikes Peak.
I left the house soon after 8:30 AM and by 10:20 AM I had made it past the fee station at the bottom of Pikes Peak Highway and was making my way to the summit. The temperatures at the top were reported to be in the low 20s as opposed to the low 60s that the lowlands would achieve.
Valencia's engine pulled strong and steady up the steep inclined portions of the Pikes Peak Highway, the views above the timberline soon appeared and were as magnificent as I remembered from previous rides
There were some tremendous views that day, I am sure you'll agree when you see the picture slideshow.
When it was time to start heading down, although the cold up on top wasn't too bad since I was dressed quite warmly in my riding gear, the winds however, were quite strong at times!
Valencia and I made it down to the Bottomless Pit area, and while waiting for cars to vacate the area, it was time for more pictures.
Now, for a series of hairpin turns as Valencia and I wound our way down the mountain, taking time to pose on the outcrop formations created by the hairpin curves.
Shortly after I left the "rock pile", I found the gate to a trail that is normally closed, open! It led one down a dirt road to a round rocky hilltop below the entrance. I'd always found the gate closed, so I couldn't resist going down and posing Valencia against the backdrop of mountain peaks.
Valencia and I would soon reach the timberline and trees would block our view of the mountains as we motored downwards towards the exit of the Pikes Peak Highway. I would reach home about 90 minutes later, with temperatures in the low 60s and the sun shining brightly.
Hopefully, the next time I motor up Pikes Peak, there will be much more snow on the mountain.
P.S. Want to see conditions at the top of Pikes Peak? LINK
Ride Safe. Ride Aware.