Locals call the first climb “Puke Hill.” Officially known as 38 Road, it runs south out of Palisade and up onto a mesa top thick with gorgeous fruit orchards and vineyards.
A couple of years ago I discovered the most recent generation of neck gaiters, and I LOVE them. I have several, and even my kids wear them.
It was like there were secret, unwritten rules about riding here that I couldn't quite crack. Except the rule about not waving. That one I got.