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nate
PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:26 am  Reply with quote
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http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/kp/PikesPeak.mpeg

I don't know who's driving (Robbie Unser?) but flying along Pikes peak with the sun in your eyes into a hairpin turn sans guard rail at 70+ is wholly impressive.


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That was sooooo awesome! thanks for posting!

Matt & I did that (er, not EXACTLY that... we were in a little Chevy Aveo rental) last year after Mile High Mayhem!

hairpin turns + no guard rail + gravel + steep declines + lack of oxygen + *#$&%! RVs coming at you (!!) = scary but fun drive. Down is definitely scarier than up, though.

of course getting up there is totally worth it. Maybe not for Matt, because he had to listen to my constant commentary along the lines of,"look, you could like... just accidentally drive off the mountain and die." >"yup." >"that's really dangerous." >"yep." >"you know, I bet people die." >"probably." and so forth.
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my favorite part of Pikes Peak though is where halfway down they make you pull over so they can check your brakes. You know, since you're using them the whole way down, they have to make sure they're not overheated and about to fail during the last half. eep.


Basically, what I am trying to say is, really high rocky mountains are really, really cool. and scary.

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that shit is COOL. The best part is the bug about half way through. Plus his RPM guage must of been on fucking fire!

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eh, it's no NASCAR

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I definitely coudln't handle it. It was stressful to just watch.

My three favorite parts:
The bug
Destroying the inside of the turn
taking a hand off the wheel to try and cut the glare a little.

It isn't as thrilling as nascar, but I needed something to pass the time until this sunday when Jr. is TOTALLY GONNA DOMINATE EVERYBODY. Watching him turn that steering wheel left and then straight and left and left and straight and stepping on the gas then turning left... Oh it's awesome.
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that kicks ASS! the sound of the motor trying to get enough air, alone is worth it.
love seeing the ground going by sideways out of the front camera.
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nate wrote:
I don't know who's driving

Ari Vatanen. Those Finns are really fast.
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I wonder how many times he almost died.... Scary as hell!

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Trish,

K had a similar experience with me in Arizona, but she had a harder time with it. She was driving me up to a trailhead in the San Fransisco Peaks area so I could go do some backpacking, and the gravel combined with the steep climb and scary twistys were pretty intense. I was proud of her for dropping me off and getting back down on her own...


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wow, she's gutsy. yay kristen!

I definitely made Matt do all the driving that day. I've done that kind of driving but definitely don't enjoy it.

Of course it's even worse in a pack of bikes like at Mile High Mayhem--especially if you as a manual rider are surrounded by a bunch of newbies and automatic riders (sorry! it's just that they don't always know how to handle such roads well, or how to be mindful of what manual riders have to do shifting-wise etc. & give them room accordingly).

Mainly this comes to mind because of Amerivespa, if any of you are going please be careful. I imagine they will take you on some pretty intense roads, if it's anything like MHM.

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I sent that link to my dad, and his response:
"Thanks, that was neat. I've been there a few times when the Unsers were kings of the hil- we were watching from Devil's playground."

My first thought is, "Why didn't you take me?" Of course, as an 8 year old, I can understand that my folks might have not wanted me standing on top of a jagged windy precipice for a full day with nothing to do to focus my attention other than the occasional blur of a car screaming by.
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Moe is being too kind...I actually had a panic attack and he had to drive us the rest of the way up the mountain. I only made it down because the "down" lane hugged to mountain. otherwise I would have started building a cabin and would still be living up there to this day...
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