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  • #62224
    topgun2
    topgun2
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    Mike and Carol – You mentioned Pikes Peak.  I’d recommend that you take the cog railway ( http://cograilway.com/ ) instead of driving.  That way, both of you can look around during the trip up and down.  Bill

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    #62284
    Mike and Carol
    Mike and Carol
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    Mike and Carol – You mentioned Pikes Peak. I’d recommend that you take the cog railway ( http://cograilway.com/ ) instead of driving. That way, both of you can look around during the trip up and down. Bill

    Bill, great suggestion. I wasn’t aware a cog railway existed!  Our first stop will be the Colorado Springs area. Thanks – Mike

    Mike and Carol Thompson | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

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    #62299
    topgun2
    topgun2
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    Yes, at $40 a pop its not cheap, but, it sure beats hearing you and Carol taking turns screaming – depending on just which one of you is on the outside of that turn.

    Bill

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    #62305
    John E Davies
    John E Davies
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    Yes, at $40 a pop its not cheap, but, it sure beats hearing you and Carol taking turns screaming – depending on just which one of you is on the outside of that turn. Bill

    I didn’t think the Pikes Peak drive was scary at all. Exhilerating, for sure. No guard rails except for the outside of the tight turns, but it is wide, striped and very well maintained, paved clear to the top now, and no sheer cliffs. I would be very reluctant to tow Mouse up to the top, but without a trailer it isn’t especially spooky. Unless you have never driven in mountains before…. on a scale of 1 – 10 it is maybe a 3. If I recall correctly RVs are discouraged, so it is just cars and pickups… going 25 mph.

    The elevation near the top is a big factor if your vehicle does not have forced induction and you are heavily loaded. Going down you have to use your very lowest gears and go slow. Just like any other serious High Country mountain pass. The average grade is less than 7%.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=67jHlq7a8uo

    http://www.pikespeak.us.com/Essentials/driving-tips.html

    http://roadtreking.com/climbing-pikes-peak-rv/

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

     

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    #62377
    SeaDawg
    SeaDawg
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    The scare factor of mountain roads depends on where you learned to drive, your own idiosyncrosies, and your confidence in your driving/driver, and your vehicle.
    I often tell people, Paul is a fearless driver, but I’m not a fearless passenger. I’m a lifelong flatland dweller… Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Florida. Not many challenging mountains here.
    Heck, I’ve been known to get sick in the balcony watching a ballet. Several times…
    Nonetheless, Paul confidently and carefully drives the unpaved high mountain goat trails, sans guard rails, and I not only survive, but have learned to help to look ahead for oncoming traffic on the one lane roads. Iceland’s west fjord sheer drop offs from one lane dirt roads will either cure you, or make you stay home…
    I don’t want to stay home…

    Sherry

    fDodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 Chevy Silverado half-ton Volvo XC90 \\\'08 Oliver Legacy Elite

     

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    #62404
    Mike and Carol
    Mike and Carol
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    If we drive up to Pikes Peak it will be sans trailer for sure. We spent months in the Alps in 5 different countries, I’m used to driving in the mountains. The cog train does sound interesting though. Mike

    Mike and Carol Thompson | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

    The Lone Star Oliver #135 | 2016 Ram Lone Star Crew Cab 4X4 5.7L Hemi

    #62410
    topgun2
    topgun2
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    My post concerning “screaming” was intended to be “cute” and not in  anyway disparage anyone’s ability (or lack thereof) to drive mountain roads.  By taking the railway both people can look around without the hassle of also having to watch traffic.  Both people can look for wildlife, both can look at the view, both can relax.  Certainly it gives you another alternative.  Bill

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    #62434
    Mike and Carol
    Mike and Carol
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    My post concerning “screaming” was intended to be “cute” and not in anyway disparage anyone’s ability (or lack thereof) to drive mountain roads.

    I chuckled right away and appreciate the humor!  It made for an amusing thought cloud……

    Mike and Carol Thompson | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

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    #62497
    Spike
    Spike
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    We took that drive (Million Dollar Highway) with our Ollie about three weeks ago–going North to South (Ouray to Silverton). Have done it before in a single vehicle. It was not all that intimidating with Stan (our Tundra) and Ollie. One of the hairiest drives I’ve ever taken, however, was a few years ago over Engineer Pass–unpaved between Ouray and Lake City–with a two-wheel-drive Tacoma in late spring. The apex of the pass was pure ice and snow.  Don’t think I would try to take Ollie over that one at anytime–although pulling Ollie with four-wheel-drive Stan so far has been a pleasure and piece of cake. We are looking forward to more Colorado adventures for sure.

    Onward through the Fog!

    EarthPicks of Cochise County

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    1. Stan and Ollie in Ouray

    2. Up on Red Mountain Pass with Liz in Stan Pulling Ollie

    3. Stan and Ollie in Silverton

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    #63319
    Kgoodusav
    Kgoodusav
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    We spent last September in the Estes Park area and stayed at Paradise on the River and backed right up to the river and could fish.  Great people own it and keep it very clean and it is very quick access into the park.  We also stayed near Frisco and Breckenridge at the Tigers Run Resort with full hook ups and backed up to the river.  It is a resort and has many nice amenities.

    Dallas, Texas

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    #70543
    Mike and Carol
    Mike and Carol
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    Mike and Carol – You mentioned Pikes Peak. I’d recommend that you take the cog railway ( http://cograilway.com/ ) instead of driving. That way, both of you can look around during the trip up and down. Bill

    Bill, we took the train to the top. It was worth it and we had a good time. Got to know our seat neighbors and had a good chat. We’ve been in Colorado Springs all week, relaxing and seeing the sites. We head to RMNP in the morning. Mike

    Mike and Carol Thompson | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

    The Lone Star Oliver #135 | 2016 Ram Lone Star Crew Cab 4X4 5.7L Hemi

    #70573
    dharmardr
    dharmardr
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    Ann and I are headed CO as well. We are leaving New England on the 19th of Sept, heading first to Spearfish and after a stay there to CO to dry camp on a friends property in the mtns, in Jefferson County. We will be in CO until the 2nd week in Oct, then heading south to Sand Dunes, Santa Fe, and then try to find our way slowly home to CT.

    Grayson and Ann

    Grayson and Ann Cook

    Northwest CT and Mid Coast Maine

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    #70579
    topgun2
    topgun2
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    Mike & Carol – looks like the weather was good and glad that you had a nice ride on the train – see any wildlife (other than Carol that is).  Have fun in RMNP – it should be a bunch less crowded now that we are past Labor Day.  Pictures, pictures, pictures.

    Did you say that you were headed through Leadville once you get done with the Park?  If so, there is a nice little coffee shop there right across from the city hall.  They have good coffee, good bakery items and WiFi.  Also, if you can find a place to park – Vail is worth a stop if for nothing else than to people watch and smell the flowers.  The Red Lion Inn serves a mean burger and the owner – Phil Long – puts on a good show starting at a little after 7 pm.

    Bill

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    #70591
    geO
    geO
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    I went to CO in Aug and I really enjoyed San Luis state park. The view from this free camp site is amazing. Each afternoon the winds would pick up the sand from the dunes and look like rain. I was told the state park had a issue with the water and somehow lost its status as being a state park. Nice view of the dunes.

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