Day 13 - Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs

Published: August 27th 2010
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We took the last scenic train of our trip today up to the top of Pikes Peak. The grade on this railroad can reach 25% and needs cogs to make that work (you'll need to look that up). This is the longest incline in the world and the trains used are from Switzerland. As you climb to 14,115 feet you can feel the temperature getting colder along the way. Today the sun was out and the temperature at the top did not feel bad at all. We had some of the famous Pikes Peak donuts at the top and stopped to have our picture taken. The summit is also where a school teacher found her inspiration to write America the Beautiful - there was a tourist that brought his trumpet to the top and played this along with other patriotic songs. After we got back to the bottom we decided to see the Garden of the Gods park on a 1 hour horseback ride. Drew rode Wilson (a mare with a little feist), Sean had Spec who just followed the leader, Dean rode Cowboy (had to be nearly 17 hands), and Mary Ann rode Joker (he spent most of his time with his nose in Cowboy's you know what). Ride was fun but pictures were a little hard to take and so pardon the blur and the back of folks as the photographer was at the end of the line. And of course.......a swim in the pool topped off the day.

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