Kay is a Colorado cyclist and lives in Boulder. She likes a good adventure and maybe goes a little too far sometimes...

Colorado’s western slope is way out on western border of the state where Grand Junction and the neighboring community of Fruita are the last outposts before you get to Utah. (The roads are all numbered, such as 17 Road or 10 1/2 Road, and designate the mileage to the Utah border.) Known mostly for it’s fruit orchards and peaches, the western slope has historically been an agricultural zone and a place to drive thru. Lately that has changed… mountain bikers have discovered the miles and miles of amazing desert trails in the area and have created a desert playground home to a world class mountain biking scene.
We planned an early April girls weekend of riding and camping and headed west. I’ve never really camped, except for pitching a tent in the backyard with the kids when they were little. And I haven’t ridden a mountain bike in quite awhile so this weekend was a learning experience. We rode the desert trails one day and then we rode a winery tour loop the next. A lunch stop at the courtyard of Maison La Belle Vie Winery¬†will make you feel like you’re in Provence!
My camp for the weekend (I think a tent qualifies as a tiny house:)
Can’t beat a fire on a chilly night under the stars at 18 Road campsite.
JJ showed me the ropes and the rocks on the Rustler Trail along the Colorado River. We liked it so much we did it twice!
Troy, the owner of Over The Edge bike shop, stopped by our campfire one night and regaled us with tails of the trails and a homemade hot chocolate/Italian stuff/bottom of the Bailey’s bottle/almond milk concoction that was pretty darn good!
Desert art and quite possibly the biggest bike I’ve ever seen.
Cheese and charcuterie plate with freshly baked bread.

 

We celebrated Julie’s birthday at Maison La Belle Vie Winery!
We’d only been camping for 2 days but this seemed like heaven!
‘Screwball’ – winery art with a grin at Colterris Vineyards.
The Grand Mesa.
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