Daily Archives: November 2, 2011

39th Week in Review: A Place Like Home

This week we started at our friends’ Roger and Donna’s home in Cañon City, Colorado.  We met Roger and Donna on a Grand Canyon Trust project in Utah last month and it was great to see them again.  Roger and Donna stayed on the road for 12 years and have traveled all over the U.S. and throughout the world for volunteer projects.  It was amazing to see them putting down roots in their new home, making long term commitments and looking at business opportunities.  Talking to people who have a true vagabonding spirit about home got me thinking more about where and how and when we might want to put down roots.

It was probably fitting then that our next stop was Grand Junction, Colorado.  Jay has a lot of great memories of Grand Junction from coming here to visit his grandparents and spend time with his parent’s friends, Pat and Cindy Kennedy.  Jay’s grandparents have since passed away, but Pat and Cindy were good friends of theirs and welcomed us into their home like family.  This was Jay’s chance to show me that Grand Junction could be our future home.  Pat and Cindy have been happy and very involved here and helped Jay sell me on it.  Pat even treated us to a tour by bike of the Riverfront Trail System that he was instrumental in building.

colorado national monument

Only a short drive (or longer bike ride) from Pat & Cindy's house is the stunning landscape of Colorado National Monument

Grand Junction and its neighbor Fruita are towns developed by bicyclists for bicyclists.  I can see why Jay is enthralled.  The area has definitely peaked my interest and I hope we can come back in different seasons and spend more time here.  Today we head east into the mountains to spend a few days in Avon, Colorado near Vail.

Hours volunteered: 12 hours (combined) rerouting and fixing mountain bike trails in the North Fruita Desert with COPMOBA

States: 1 – Colorado – Grand Junction, Fruita, Avon

Budget: Under – thanks to hospitality from Roger and Donna and Pat and Cindy we have kept our costs low this week even with some bike and car expenses

People Visited: Roger Ratcliff and Donna Young, Pat and Cindy Kennedy

Nights under the stars: 0 

Best meal: Roger and Donna introduced us to vegan organic cooking, we particularly enjoyed the stirfry meal.

Pat and Cindy welcomed us with their home cooking as well.  One of our favorite meals was french toast and bacon.

The Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita also deserves a shout out for excellent pizza and an extremely fun atmosphere!  We got to hang out there on the Saturday before Halloween and see all of the costumed revelers as well as an amusing costumed CRIT race.

Best beer:  Kannah Creek Strong Ale; though we look forward to visiting the Palisade Brewery later today and we hear they have a better selection of brews