First train of the journey. Along I 25 south headed to Colorado Springs.
As we take I-25 south we normally pass multiple freight trains on both the east and west sides of the highway. This trip was no different and we stopped to watch a 120 car coal train head south.
Once we got to Colorado Springs we headed off for the train from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110 ft) takes 3 hours round trip. We've taken this ride many times on the highest cog railway in the world. The temperature in Manitou was about 80 degrees F when we left and was about 39 degrees F at the summit. We always enjoy warm high altitude donuts at the summit to warm us up a bit. Nothing like a little winter in August. Saw some marmots, 1 deer, beautiful mountains, and a few great rainbows on the way back down the mountain.