Okay I could have posted it in the where did you ride thread, but I felt like starting a new one.
I would love to ride some beautiful new england country roads this fall. I am picturing oak lined laneways with a stone wall on one side and two hardpacked dirt ribbons running on into the distance.
Up here the gravel is different.
There are unmaintained mountain roads. Almost more suitable for mountain bikes... but if I swing my leg over my mountain bike I am riding single track. I was looking for something different, so I built this gravel grinder to fit 29x2.0 tires. The build will change a lot when it is done, it's a work in progress. Still needs some torch time to reconfigure the braze-ons... anyway I did a 3.5 hour ride of about 46kms, mostly off pavement with over 3000 feet of climbing. Fall has arrived in the alpine, it's a bumper crop year for wild cranberries.
After some pretty grueling climbing I had to go down a pretty brutal eroded boulder strewn descent that beat the hell out of my wrists and kidneys... will be better when I set things up tubeless. Luckily the second part of the descent was a maintained gravel road and really fun and fast cruise back out.