I woke up Sunday morning sad that it was my last day in Denver but excited for what was ahead. The plans were very simple. Pretend you are in a race car as you conquer Pikes Peak!
I woke up early so that I could make my way back down to Kai’s house so we could both take our e30s up the infamous mountain! I got down to his house a little before 8 AM so that we could make it to the top of Pikes Peak before the clouds were forecasted to move through. It wasn’t too long of a drive to Colorado Springs but what’s a little extra driving at this point?? Its clearly the tallest mountain around and you can see it 30 minutes before you make it to the base!
There was a small line a the entrance to go up the mountain. Kai being the awesome dude that he is paid for me to get through before I even pulled up to the attendant. After that nice surprise we ripped up the mountain!! Just kidding. It was slightly disappointing when the first speed limit sign says 30 MPH when the only bit of driving I’ve watched on the mountain is wide open! It didn’t get better. The zones switched between 30 MPH and 20 MPH with some people going under the speed limit on certain sections they clearly weren’t comfortable with. Hard to blame them when there are essentially no guard rails and massive drops 5 ft from where the tires are!
Even though the actual driving part was boring the views from behind the wheel more than made up for it! The view at the top definitely made you feel on top of the world! The 40 degree weather was just an extra reminder of how high up we were (82 at the bottom!). We did a small photoshoot at the top with our cars together and then made our way back down! No need to talk about pictures when you can look at them!
About 50 miles from Kai’s house we had a little car trouble… As I was following him a couple chunks of what appeared to be metal came flying out toward me! The smaller of the two pieces jumped left of the car and the bigger one came at the car. It took a big jump right before and had a direct path toward my face! I hit the gas to try and clear the debris and the roof took the hit. Kai pulled over promptly and I followed, pulling off just ahead of him. His axel backed out and then shattered his z3m differential cover around the bushing. After about 45 minutes AAA showed up and we loaded the old girl on the flatbed. I made room in my car and we met the driver at the house. Kai remained positive after cracking open a cold beer and laughed about getting an early start to the winter build!