In your opinion, what makes an interesting route for an organized long distance ride (your local century or double century, a brevet/randonnee)?
I'm not talking about the support, level of organization, or those sorts of things ............. I'm talking about the scenery and the terrain, loops vs. out and back routes, routes with lots of straight roads vs routes with lots of turns or curves in the roads
I like a variety of terrain -- some hills (especially short rollers with maybe one "big" hill on the route), and some flat (preferably slightly more flat stuff than hills).
I also like a variety of scenery. I especially like lots of green trees; lots of lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, and other bodies of water; and moutains - either off in the distance or right next to me.
I prefer a loop route.
And I don't mind long straight roads for part of a route, and preferably for no more than 25-30 kms at a stretch. But I especially like a route that changes direction relatively frequently (like every 5-10 kms) because direction changes provide a reprieve from the wind.