Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

That was a long day. Alarm went off at 3:45 and I proudly resisted the urge to ask for 10 more. At 4:15 a.m. I met Dave Fitzgerald who agreed to drive me to the airport.

At DFW
At DFW

The flight left DCA at 5:50 and arrived DFW at 8:20 which was the boarding time for my flight to Grand Junction. I scurried over to Terminal B and made my flight. I didn’t think my bike would.

Looking at Colorado National Monument from Airport
Looking at Colorado National Monument from Airport

But after I settled into my seat I saw the bike sitting on the Tarmac. And it made it.

Information Stand for Ride the Rockies
Information Stand for Ride the Rockies

The check-in day for Ride the Rockies can be a little intimidating. My last schedule change had me flying into Grand Junction and staying at the Clarion Inn.  I called the hotel and they sent a shuttle for me and my bike.

I assembled the bike and had a panic attack as I could not get the rear dérailleur to shift. I thought I could ride it to the main campus and have a bike mechanic look at it.  Out in the parking lot I realized it worked.  In the room I had been shifting down and it was already on the lowest cog – duh!

Backpath on Horizon Drive
Bike path on Horizon Drive

The shuttle driver at Clarion Inn took my bike and me and my empty bike box to the campus at Colorado Mesa University.  I offloaded the box then biked back to the hotel.

In the afternoon I went exploring. I went to the mall in town, after being told the only way there was one exit on I-70. It’s amazing how people only view transportation through a dashboard.

Downtown Grand Junction
Downtown Grand Junction

I found the downtown. It is very nice. Lots of statues or sculptures too.

Downtown
Downtown

I found my way down to the river trail but stopped as I saw a wedding in the botanical gardens. I wonder if they noticed me?

Wedding
Wedding

I followed a river trail next to the Colorado River until I found the trail bridge across the river. Once on the other side I visited my second cousin, Linda Shaver, and her family. We had never met before today.

Crossing the Colorado River
Crossing the Colorado River

I explored a little more of the city on the way back to the hotel. It was a long day and Ride the Rockies start tomorrow.


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