November 19, 2018 – Last month, Outside magazine paid the Grand Valley a visit for their famed two-week bike test. Aaron Gulley, avid rider and author of Outside‘s Modern Nomad, led the effort. He selected Grand Junction for this year’s test after a visit last year – he shares how he was pleasantly surprised by our community in a recent post:
“For over two decades, my wife, Jen, and I have driven through Grand Junction, Colorado, en route to nearby Fruita and Moab, Utah, to the west; Jackson, Wyoming, to the north; and Telluride and Durango, Colorado, to the south. This mining and ranching town was always just a waypoint for us, a place to fuel up. Last summer, however, we finally visited an old friend who’d moved to Junction, as the locals call it, a couple of years ago and were instantly dumbfounded by what we’d been missing. This quaint little crossroads in western Colorado has cycling, boating, hiking, and camping to rival any of those adventure towns we’d always been rushing to—and in some ways, it’s now more appealing than all of them because it’s relatively uncrowded.”
Photo: Aaron Gulley’s Airstream photographed for Outside magazine.