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Go for a ‘Journey Ride’

Brent Steinberg
Cycling Correspondent

The crisp morning air makes for a perfect time to get out for a bike ride this time of year. Fresh morning temperatures, the sounds of birds chirping and sprinklers running makes a sunrise enjoyable. This season is always fun on two wheels, whether you are taking a cruiser ride downtown, mountain biking on singletrack, or spinning through the farm roads. The best part, however, is making the ride a journey. Stop for breakfast, grab an ice cream cone, or have a fresh local brew during your ride. Here are some of my favorite places to stop:

Breakfast

The best part of the weekend can be taking an early morning, summer ride into downtown Palisade. Cruising through the orchards and vineyards with blooming trees and mist coming off the sprinklers is refreshing as the sun rises over the Grand Mesa. After an hour of two-wheel bliss, there is nothing better than a tasty breakfast and a cup of java at the Palisade Cafe.

Relax, eat, and take the scenic roads back home. Can’t think of a better way to kick off any weekend in the Grand Valley.

Lunch

Have you ever craved a slice of hot pizza mid-day? Why not ride for a slice.

Cruising through the farm roads north of town or over the Monument can make for the perfect mid-day ride. Top off the calories you’ve burned at the Hot Tomato in downtown Fruita with a slice of delectable pizza or a hot stromboli. Kick back on the patio before pedaling home.

Drinks

When the day is winding down and the sun isn’t so beaming hot, there is always a need for a relaxing pedal across town and a refreshing drink. Hop on your cruiser bike, take in the sights of local blocks and neighborhoods. Pedal freely down to the Riverfront Trail and see the Colorado River rushing, the birds zipping around and the greenery popping up.

Stop by the new Edgewater Tap & Grill for a beverage or two to top off another good Grand Valley day.

Ice Cream

There is nothing better than some tasty ice cream on a piping hot summer day.

Whether it’s a family ride, long road ride, or coming back from a fun singletrack ride, a little ice cream can’t hurt. Pedal by Graff’s Dairy for a cone or roll up to any of the Enstrom’s locations for some frozen goodness.

On your next ride, don’t just go out for a pedal; make it a journey and enjoy the day!


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