Pedal Palisade

By: David L. Yost Email
By: David L. Yost Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Palisade is known for its orchards and vineyards.

“We have a lot of locals but we do see a lot of, uh, a lot of Denver, far away as Kansas. You know, people passing through. Palisade peaches are pretty, pretty notorious," said Debbie Burnett, of Just Peachy.

So it makes a certain amount of sense that Shawn Robinson, owner of Palisade Pedicab, would offer tours to anyone interested.

“And it doesn't have to be winery tours. We can just tour a town. I can take folks, you know, downtown, they can visit the local shops," said Robinson.

His pedicab is kind of like a rickshaw; a human powered transport that relies on Robinson’s legs and mountain bike. It’s different than being on the trails, something the Grand Valley has become known for.

“The locals will take advantage of our shuttle service up to the top of the lunch loop trail system, and to the top of the ribbon. But for the most part, our clientele is from out of the area," said Sarah Withers, owner and operator of Desert Rat Tours.

While Robinson is more easily found on flat terrain (he works the Grand Junction Rockies games), sometimes he gets requests for steeper grades. The pedicab is about 180 pounds before any passengers are aboard.

“I’ve had some people want me to take them up on East Orchard Mesa, you know, up the big hill there by Talbot’s. Which is not possible,” said Robinson.

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