Grand Junction, Colorado. It’s not the nicest city. For me it was just another place that I was supposed to cruise through, maybe stop for gas and then continue my way somewhere else.
But, when you are riding a vehicle every day for many miles and through tough roads you can expect at some point for something to go wrong, it’s Moore’s Law, machines breaks.
When my bike started having problems I went to the nearest dealership, and that was in Grand Junction. The diagnosis was an alternator failure, and the first news I’ve got were that a new one would take 4-6 weeks to be delivered from Germany. The dealership didn’t have a loaner bike, but I think those guys saw my face of desperation and they gave me one that they had for rental, a Harley Davidson.
It was a weekend, so I had nothing else to do but to wait and look for something to keep me busy, after all, Grand Junction could become my new temporary home. That’s how I soon found out that this city has many nice places to visit nearby, so I went to explore.
A few days later I’ve got some better news, a BMW Regional Manager found a spare alternator in Florida, so I would be back on the road in less than a week. The bad news, the alternator is located in the most complicated place there is, so an open heart surgery would be needed.
It turned out that Grand Junction is my kind of city; it has breweries, wineries and even a distillery. I was enjoying myself.
I met Brian, who ended up inviting me to stay at his house for a couple of days.
I met Steve, who took me on a day ride to another fantastic nearby location, the Black Canyon.
I met Karen, with whom we share the passion for travel and Nature, and who gave me the Yerba Mate that I’m drinking while I’m writing this post. I don’t have a picture of her, she doesn’t have a bike.
One week after I got into Grand Junction against my will my bike was ready to go on, but I felt like staying a few days longer. Something completely unplanned helped me discovered one of my favourites places so far. It has astonishing scenery but it’s quiet, it’s like it hasn’t yet been discovered by tourists. There’s fun and most of all it has really nice people.