Monday, October 24, 2005

Colorado Springs - Garden of the Gods

Saturday we said "goodbye" to Golden and started our trek south. Ok, so we didn't go very far. We stopped about 1 1/2 hours south of Denver to spend a week here in Colorado Springs. So we'll be touring such places as Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, the Royal Gorge, and more.

Since it was a short trip, we had time to get on our bikes and ride into Garden of the Gods. It was a little crowded, being a weekend, but it was late afternoon and the light made the red rocks glow. The Garden of the Gods is a park that showcases a series of red rocks that appear to be erupting out of the ground. These rocks are referred to as the "Ancestral Rockies" and are over 300 million years old. We rode our bikes along the bike lane on the loop road. The road is like a roller-coaster with it's big uphills and downhills. Love the downhills; so-so on those uphills. Actually, the challenge is great. Especially when I'm able to power past Andy!
The other major landmark here in Colorado Springs is Pikes Peak. This fourteener can be seen in the background behind Garden of the Gods. Pikes Peak is dusted with snow right now. It is so massive in size and makes for a beautiful backdrop to the city.
We didn't get to do enough in the Garden of the Gods, so we know we'll be back. It's great that we are able to bike right from our campground. They have mountain biking trails that we'd like to check out as well.


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