In fact they were busy repaving a small portion of the road during our drive.
On the drive down there was a fellow, maybe law enforcement or safety of some sort, stopping all cars to check the temperature on their brakes. He suggested we pull over for 10 minutes. We complied.
In all fairness, there are segments of the road that are a bit death defying. These segments leave you with the impression that the slightest error could result in tumbling to one's death.
Obviously enough, we negotiated the drive up and down cheating death one more time. While driving up we stopped at a most scenic lake that was greatly enhanced with fall colors, mostly aspen.
The top of the mountain is not particularly scenic but the view is unparalleled.
A little to our surprise, we were a little woozy with the altitude so we moved slowly. The bottom line is that it's a beautiful mountain and a must do!
Thursday morning I returned to the bike shop. The bill was $188. Ouch! But that included replacing the pedal crank assembly, gear cables, handle bar post bearings, repacked front and rear wheel bearings, adjusted gears and some kind of of overall tuneup of all remaining considerations. Thursday evening I had a great 1.5 hour ride on a challenging trail maintained by the county and the bike felt like new. I bought the bike 10 years ago for about $350 and have barely performed any maintenance since then so it seems like money well spent.
Thursday afternoon included a tour of the Air Force Academy Chapel.
It's a noteworthy structure and includes areas for Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist and Jewish services.