Or, one of my ideas of fun.
Our family refers to the drive up to the Lodge as "going up the hill" (not to be confused with "going out on the mountain", which means going for a ride). I'm not sure where that came from, but for the more than thirteen years our parents have owned the Lodge, it's always been "going up the hill". The phrase is deceptive as there is a 3,145 foot gain in elevation from Lyons to Allenspark in a mere 17 miles (or 16 depending on which road sign you're reading). Now, Mrs Mom and Mr Mrs Mom have been with me during one of my more sedate runs up the hill, but the fact is I *love* driving the canyon. Even in my old Honda Accords (there have been a lot of them), we made good time running up the hill. I've had sports cars pull out of my way when I'm running the canyon.
Ripley does a great job of going up and down the hill and has done an even better job now that she's got her strut tower brace. RCC videotaped our run up the hill on Saturday as one of his entries to the monthly video contest held by SoulHamsters. Since I had such a good time driving it, I thought I'd share it with you. From Hall Ranch, just outside of Lyons, to Allenspark our average speed was 65mph (around the curves), with our low being 55 when I mis-timed a downshift and lost momentum and our high being just over 70.