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I HAD ARRIVED IN GRAND JUNCTION AND FOUND A MOTEL WITH HIGH RATINGS FOR CLEANLINESS SO BOOKED IN FOR THREE NIGHTS. IT WAS A BIT OF A SWIZZ AS THE FIRST NIGHT WAS $60+, THE 2ND, $70+ AND THE 3RD, $80 BECAUSE OF SOME COUNTRY FESTIVAL THAT WOULD BE HAPPENING. HOWEVER, THE ROOM WAS CLEAN AND THE WiFi HAD AN EXCELLENT SPEED AND WAS PASSWORD SECURED, WHICH MEANT I COULD CATCH UP WITH CHECKING MY BANK ACCOUNT. ACCOUNTING AND LAUNDRY DONE, IT WAS TIME FOR A BEER.
P1040152P1040151I WAS A LITTLE INTRIGUED BY THE WHEELS ON THIS TRUCK …..
P1040153BUT IT TURNED OUT THEY WERE PLASTIC AND NOT AT ALL A DANGEROUS WEAPON.
THE FOLLOWING DAY, THURSDAY 19TH JUNE, WAS BRILLIANT, THE BAD WEATHER, THAT HAD BEEN A MONKEY ON MY SHOULDER FOR DAYS, HAD GONE THROUGH

I WAS MEETING PATTI, A PHOTOGRAPHER FRIEND OF CHRISTINE’S, FOR LUNCH. SHE TURNED OUT TO ALSO BE A FEISTY COUNTRY  FEMALE, WITH GUNS IN HER BOOTS. LUNCH WENT SO FAST AND THE CONVERSATION  PROGRESSED  SO RAPIDLY, THAT BY THE TIME PATTI LEFT. I GOT AROUND TO SAYING, ‘HEY THAT WAS  GREAT’, BUT I TOTALLY FORGOT  TO  SAY, ‘THANK YOU, FOR LUNCH PATTI’

P1040162PATTI HAD TOLD ME TO CHECK OUT DOWNTOWN; SO I CHECKED THE BUS TIMETABLE WHICH TOLD ME I HAD ABOUT 5 MINS AND  YES, THE BUS TURNED UP. IT TOOK ABOUT 12 MINS TO GET TO THE TOWN CENTER.
I HAD A  WALK AROUND TOWN TAKING PHOTOS OF THE FANTASTIC STREET ART AND SCULPTURES
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P1040176– ESPECIALLY WHEN I DISCOVERED THEY SOLD SAMUEL SMITHS OATMEAL STOUT
P1040235OK, THE PHOTO IS A BIT BLURRED SO MAYBE THIS WASN’T THE FIRST BEER! GIVE A MAN A BREAK. ONCE MY EYES HAS ADJUSTED THERE WERE BOTTLES OF SAMUEL SMITHS NUT BROWN ALE AS WELL
P1040186ON THE WALK BACK, BEING LEFT  TO MY OWN DEVICES,  I WENT INTO SEVERAL SHOPS
P1040216 P1040240 P1040243AND GOT A NEW 2 Qt  BEER  MUG.
P1040249 P1040250YES, SAMUEL SMITHS ORGANIC  CHOCOLATE  STOUT, IS  BRILL, BUT HERE IN THE USA, YOU HAVE TO MAKE DO AND, OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT IDEA OF TASTE & FLAVOUR. MAN, THE CHOCOLATE PORTER WAS GOOD.
OH YES, AND NOTE THE NEW VISOR! I WALKED INTO A BIKE SHOP HERE AND, INCREDIBLY, THEY HAD A VISOR THAT FITTED MY HELMET. I WAS PRETTY IMPRESSED. AND NOW I CAN SEE BETTER 🙂
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