Oops: How not to drive Pikes Peak
A frequent Pied Type visitor, ImaLibertarian, sent me this video from Sunday’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb. (Pikes Peak is 14,115 ft.) The race is run every year, and every year I marvel that this doesn’t happen to everybody.
This year for the first time the road was paved all the way to the top, guaranteeing faster speeds. See what speed on that road can do to you? Even when you crawl, as I have, you have visions like this in the back of your mind — if not the front.
Officials weren’t trying to make the road faster or more dangerous. The paving was the result of environmental concerns — tons of gravel washing off the road every year into alpine ponds and wetlands and covering the forest floor to an average depth of two to four feet. And although you wouldn’t know it from this video, the road is now probably safer to drive.
As for the scary no-guard-rails thing — I read somewhere that the casual driver should just tell himself or herself that there’s no more likelihood of driving off the side of this road than any other road. Somehow that doesn’t reassure me.
And yes, the car’s two occupants survived.