I left Olathe at about 7:30 for a 9 hour drive to Colorado Springs. I took I-70 to Oakley, KS and then US40 and CO94 for a straight shot into town. About 50 miles out I could see something on the horizon, and the closer I got, the more certain I was that Pikes Peak was letting me know that she would be there, waiting for me at week's end.
A Woodland Park resident had told Peter, the tour director, that there was a shortcut to the start of the Pikes Peak toll road that would get us off US24 a little sooner. I drove out to scope it out and make notes of turns to be looking for. I also drove up and took a picture of the entrance where you pay your toll, knowing that it would be dark when I returned in a week.
Garden of the Gods, and The Broadmoor, before heading to Cheyenne Mountain High School to check-in with the tour, and Sherpa Ville. I greeted lots of old friends among the organizers, volunteers, support and riders who make this such a fun ride each August. I was hopeful that 2 nights at 6,000 feet, and a short first day after that, would have me ready for some of the really high altitude days to come.