Where to bicycle ’round here

Learning about a new place can be both fun and challenging, whether you’ve moved a long way from what used to be home or you’re just visiting for the first time. One of the finest ways to do this is on a bicycle.

Ernest Hemingway said so:

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best…

Most of us ride at a pace that lets us appreciate our surroundings. Unless we’re on a tight schedule to get somewhere and back, we can stop for coffee or shoot some photos or just take a closer look at something that catches our attention.

Maps aren’t always available to help with your wayfinding. Mrs. Smith and I got lucky when cycling friend David Lehmann introduced us to cycling velocartographer John Hodge on a coffee ride a while back.

You want maps? Here you go!

John Hodge’s Road Cycling Maps for Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade, Colorado

John says his maps are there to be “downloaded, printed out, linked to, or used in any way that a) helps people enjoy road cycling around here more, and b) isn’t for commercial purposes without my consent.” You can contact him at that link to his maps.

Sounds more than fair to me. Don’t try to sell them in a bike shop or anywhere else without his permission.

Here’s another link, this one to City of Grand Junction maps you might find useful.

Pedal on.