Adventures with Alan Takes an Electric Bike Tour of Colorado Springs
In our exclusive Adventures with Alan series, we’ll travel through southern Colorado week after week to show you thrills, hidden gems, and well-known spots.
For our latest adventure, we meet Austin Quillin of Amp’d Adventures for an e-bike tour of some of Colorado Springs’ most recognizable spots.
We meet him at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.
It’s my first time riding one, so naturally I’m curious how they work.
“These work specifically with a pedal-assist feature, so when you pedal the bike, that’s when the motor kicks in to deliver more power,” Quillin said.
After some instruction and training, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal.
Our tour begins at the Garden of the Gods
From the Visitor Center we head into the park, stopping by Kissing Camels.
Here we discover the iconic rock formations that make up the Garden of the Gods.
Back on our bikes, we leave Kissing Camels behind and ride along the Juniper Way Loop, seeing the spiers of the cathedral and the central garden for the first time.
“One of the most popular (tours) is the garden, glen combo. We visit Garden of the Gods. We go maybe a few miles, but then we go to Glen Eyrie,” Quillin said.
The historic Glen Eyrie Castle
Glen Eyrie Castle is the former home of General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs.
The canyon it sits in features the same red rock formations as Garden of the Gods.
“Glen Eyrie is privately owned, so it’s not as crowded as the park and we tend to see a bit more wildlife when we visit,” Quillin said.
We spot several wild turkeys and a hummingbird in the field during our visit.
A summer shower also finds us, giving us time to delve into the bookstore for coverage.
Once the hard stuff is over, Quillin tells us the castle was originally built in 1871.
Seeing the castle in person for the first time is a highlight of the visit.
On the way back to the visitor center, I realize that I barely broke a sweat.
Covering 10 miles in less than two hours, the e-bike tour was a great way to see some of Colorado Springs’ best sights.
Electric Bike Adventures with Alan Rating
Now is the time for the breakdown.
In terms of difficulty, these electric bikes do not require much physical effort. Rating = 2/5
Rating for decor = 5/5.
Rating for fun level = 5/5
For the final note, this adventure was a real pleasure and exceeded expectations with 5/5.
For more information on how to book your own e-bike tour or rent gear through Amp’d Adventures, you can visit http://ampdadventures.com/.
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