Pikes Peak — Coming Down

We stayed up top for maybe 45 minutes. Clouds were moving in fast and it looked like it might storm, but rain didn’t materialize until evening.

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We stopped at an overlook for a few minutes.

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Tim calls the trees near timberline “pipe cleaner trees, ” for obvious reasons.

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At Glen Cove (11,440 feet), there’s a mandatory brake check. If your brakes register hotter than 300°, you have to park for a half hour. Tim’s driven the mountain many times and knows to use low gear. As we pulled up to the station, he told the ranger that he guessed his brakes would register 74°. He was right on the button.

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Tim pulled off the highway for a bit and we toured the Catamount Reservoirs.

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There was still a long line of cars by the toll booth as we pulled out. Sally and I decided it was a lot of fun but that, on future trips, we’d try to avoid summer weekends.

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