Aug 11, 2016 - Bicycling    1 Comment

Palisade

Allen and I rode on part of the 75 mile route for the Tour of the Valley on Saturday:

Total distance: 38.36 mi
Max elevation: 4879 ft
Min elevation: 4298 ft
Total climbing: 2031 ft
Total descent: -1690 ft
Average speed: 10.38 mi/h

I’ll be taking my much lighter weight/faster Bianchi road bike, but thought it might be fun to take the REI Hybrid.  We didn’t set any speed records – well, actually, I did set one, but it was along Fifth Street in front of the high school.  Before starting up the dreaded 38 Road hill, I saw a couple of interesting sights.  The first was a roadside sign that advertised that they had eggs, bunnies and garlic for sale.  The eggs were apparently sold out, but the bunnies and garlic were still there.  I should have asked the lady if the bunnies were for eating or petting.

Eggs, Bunnies & Garlic

Palisade had a very European looking charging station for electric vehicles.  I don’t know how much a charge would cost, but you can pay with your credit card – if it’s equipped with wireless encoding, which few are.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

We then proceeded up the 38 Road Hill, commonly known among cyclists as Puke Hill.  It’s a 7-8% grade, and I made a discovery.  My hybrid has such low gears that I can be pedaling like crazy and still going less than 3 miles per hour.  Which isn’t fast enough for me to keep the bike upright.  Which means that I crashed.  No permanent damage to the bike or me, just my ego.

Later, we passed by several orchards and wineries.  We followed a tractor pulling a trailer carrying about eight Hispanic (probably Mexican) farm workers to pick the Palisade peach crop.  They were friendly and waved at us.  Very much unlike some of the impatient Anglos who couldn’t wait to pass our caravan (the Mexicans, me and Allen).

There is one spot where the owner has spent a lot of effort on some very whimsical sculptures.  He has a sense of humor, too.

And some interesting sculptures

In case you were wondering, no, there isn’t a nudist colony one mile ahead.

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More homemade sculptures

 

Aug 9, 2016 - Bicycling    No Comments

Gas plant

Allen was busy this morning, the MeetUp.com group going to Highline Lake was leaving too late for my tastes, so I rode out to the well known but isolated gas plant and back home.

Total distance: 40.91 mi
Max elevation: 4859 ft
Min elevation: 4488 ft
Total climbing: 1493 ft
Total descent: -1535 ft
Average speed: 10.98 mi/h

The gas plant is located in the desert north of Fruita.  Since there’s no irrigation water, it’s dry but beautiful.

Gas plant road

On the way home, though, I texted Georgia and she met me for stomboli at Fruita’s Hot Tomato.

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Aug 6, 2016 - Bicycling    No Comments

Coffee

There’s a great coffee shop in Fruita, Bestslope Coffee Company, backed by the Hot Tomato ladies.  It’s well worth a trip from Grand Junction:

Total distance: 27.42 mi
Max elevation: 4695 ft
Min elevation: 4446 ft
Total climbing: 1076 ft
Total descent: -879 ft
Average speed: 11.23 mi/h

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Aug 3, 2016 - Bicycling    No Comments

Training

A nice trip with Allen to Highline Lake. Made 50 miles in intense (95-100 degree) heat with lots of stops for water and stromboli!

Total distance: 50.83 mi
Max elevation: 4711 ft
Min elevation: 4469 ft
Total climbing: 1499 ft
Total descent: -1512 ft
Average speed: 11.42 mi/h

No, I don’t belong to the Salem Bike Club; the jersey was a gift from my sister:

Highline Lake State Park

Jul 21, 2016 - Bicycling    No Comments

Tour of the Moon at Half Speed

I last did this ride 20 years ago.  It was much, much easier then…..

Total distance: 37.42 mi
Max elevation: 6614 ft
Min elevation: 4459 ft
Total climbing: 3169 ft
Total descent: -3074 ft
Average speed: 10.89 mi/h

This is me wishing that we had turned around at the Monument visitors’ center

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This is Allen, ready to do another 50 miles…
Tour of the half(speed) moon

Jul 4, 2016 - Family    No Comments

Park City, Utah

A picture is worth a thousand words.  We had the whole family except for Greg, to visit over the Fourth of July holiday in Park City, Utah:

Park City

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