One of the most exciting things about riding is riding in a new place. Whether it is that trail that you always pass by on your rides or a trip miles down the highway. The excitement seems to build the further away from home you go, but as a mountain biker any trail can be called home.
I love riding new locations, so I jump on the opportunity whenever I can. I was lucky enough to take a trip out to Colorado this summer, a state filled with trails. Our number one mission was to look at schools, but I couldn’t miss an opportunity to ride. I went on one mountain bike ride during the trip in Grand Junction. I had heard of the trails in Grand Junction from the Epic Rides Grand Junction Off Road race, so I thought I would check them out.
Right out of downtown there is a trail network known to the locals as the “lunch loops”. I wasn’t sure how to start my ride, so I started heading up. Being the adventurer that I am, I decided that I would ride up to the top of one of the most challenging trails there. So, after about 1,000 feet of climbing I reached a trail called “Free Lunch”. Free Lunch is the free ride trail featuring jumps, drops, and lots of technical rocks.
I could tell that this trail network was build and maintained by people who knew what they are doing. I was impressed with trails like Free Lunch for a few reasons, that lots of areas could learn from. There is appropriate signage throughout the trail which was a plus. At junctions, there where signs warning not to go up, since it is a downhill only trail. Signs also warn that the appropriate bike is a downhill or long travel bike.
At the top of the trail there is a jump off of a rock with a sign stating that if you can’t jump it, then you should continue down the trail. Since I could make the jump no problem, I rode down the trail. Free Lunch is definitely a must ride if you are in the area. It even has areas with multiple line options and free ride areas that you can session.
I only rode for about an hour and a half, but it was a great ride. The technical, desert trails are a new experience that definitely take some getting used to. I would love to explore the area some more and check out some more trails. Some cooler weather wouldn’t hurt either. I’m hoping to ride even more new trails this summer, and I hope you do too!