How much fun can you pack into 20 hours?
Just west of Grand Junction, Fruita, Colo. is a mega-popular mountain bike destination this time of year. In particular, the 18 Rd. area is revered for its ride-from-camp access and mix of terrain. My bro-in-law Denny had to check out an RV in Grand Junction Friday afternoon, so I went along for the drive figuring we could camp and ride to our hearts' content at 18 Rd. and still be back in Crested Butte by Saturday night. Storm clouds swirled all around us but we landed the perfect 20-hour window. Three bike rides, two flat tires and two boxes of mac 'n cheese later we packed up camp and headed home. —MH