Colorado Springs Travel Blog› entry 4 of 20 › view all entries
When we travel with Randy and Janice, we have an understanding. Taking turns to lead is the only way to work it out. Today was our day and Jerry wanted to ride the road up to Pike's Peak rather than take the train. He said, "I want to tell my friends that I rode my bike up Pike's Peak. If we ride the train, I won't be able to tell them that." So, we took the road.
After several miles of twisting and turning up the mountain, the pavement turned into dirt and mud from a recent snowfall. Oh, my goodness. None of us had expected to be riding "off road" and we had to slow down our pace. The day was warm and sunny, so we didn't mind. We made our way up the mountain and stopped at mile marker 14.
Just a short walk from the parking lot to the bathroom made us short of breath. We were definitely feeling the altitude; some of us worse than others. It really affected poor Jerry. Every time we travel in the mountains, he is huffing and puffing and he doesn't even smoke!! Admiring the top of the mountain from the parking lot was good enough for us. What were those lines in the snow on the side of the mountain? You mean that people actually ski down that steep slope? It was straight down!!! We heard that helicopters drop the skiiers off on the top and they ski down. Wow!! That's extreme sports, for sure.
Sure, we had to turn around, but none of us were disappointed. The views were incredible, even if we didn't make it all the way to the top. We could see the top, anyway. The trip down the mountain was slow and easy. Every turn showed us a new panoramic landscape. Definitely worth the effort.