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Old 07-06-20, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by balto charlie
Hey Thanks! Ill look into that ride soon. I also have a route from Brunswick to Sky Meadows for camping/bikepacking.

My ride near Middleburg was about 75% gravel. When you hit the pavement it feels so smooth and fast, you actually welcome the change. There is a third loop and fourth loop that can get routes up to 60-80 miles.
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Agreed on the beauty of Loudon County gravel. Itís a spectacular place to ride, when itís not hot and humid! Once out there, you owe it yourself to take the gravel road up the backside of Mt. Weather, at least if you have my masochistic tendencies (see this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28407825). Thereís also one up the Naked Mountain, but it doesnít have quite the same leg and lung busting gradients that suddenly give way to a heavily guarded federal facility. Itís quite an experience.
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Originally Posted by blazin
Agreed on the beauty of Loudon County gravel. Itís a spectacular place to ride, when itís not hot and humid! Once out there, you owe it yourself to take the gravel road up the backside of Mt. Weather, at least if you have my masochistic tendencies (see this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28407825). Thereís also one up the Naked Mountain, but it doesnít have quite the same leg and lung busting gradients that suddenly give way to a heavily guarded federal facility. Itís quite an experience.
That looks like a serious climb. Definitely a fall ride. With water being difficult to get, it will have to wait until fall. I was surprised that there were few hills in my ride, very gentle rollers. Thanks for the route, will give her a roll this fall, anxiously awaiting my new tires.

So many great rides in that area of the state. Plus great beer nearby!!
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Originally Posted by blazin
Agreed on the beauty of Loudon County gravel. Itís a spectacular place to ride, when itís not hot and humid! Once out there, you owe it yourself to take the gravel road up the backside of Mt. Weather, at least if you have my masochistic tendencies (see this route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28407825). Thereís also one up the Naked Mountain, but it doesnít have quite the same leg and lung busting gradients that suddenly give way to a heavily guarded federal facility. Itís quite an experience.
Thanks! Copied to my Ride with GPS routes.
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Well this will most likely be my favorite thread. Once I break the post # barrier I'll get some shots of my rides up.
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Just from cruise down the road at home only 6km roads are all gravel here.



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Great shots jbc!


Having some fun at a gravel race this past Saturday.

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I took my 93 Giant Innova on it's maiden voyage since a rebuild. It's a keeper I loved it. 55km 4768ft of climbing.




Bush fire casualty

That's a great looking bike! I bet it rides nice.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I love this thread.

This is from our ride on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail in Westchester County, NY.

Did you leave your deer at the gate?
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Did you leave your deer at the gate?
Yeah I tied her up and left her an apple to munch on.
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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider
Just from cruise down the road at home only 6km roads are all gravel here.



You really bike in some nice areas
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That's a great looking bike! I bet it rides nice.
It's a real nice rider. So funny though how it's one of my first bikes out of childhood then left abandoned and moved around from shed to shed for 30 years then find it was one of my best bikes all along.
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I rode the C&O canal yesterday and got hammered by the massive thunderstorms. 70 miles from Brunswick to Williamsport and back. I was 12 miles from the end when the heavens opened up. I was using road tires but luckily most of the rain fell when I was finished with the dirt section and onto the grey cinders. The lightning and thunder were unreal.

nearing Williamsport

Some of the dirt/stone section of the trail before the rains

I had to take a dip in the Potomac before going home
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The closest area to me than I can get a good gravel ride in. A bit hilly and yet also flat.
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A buddy and I put together a 40ish mike route through Knoxville, TN that included some nice gravel and some rather rough spots on the south end of the ride. The Urban Wilderness area has some great options for routes.

Iíll update with photos once I hit 10 post.
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There's something majestic about coming across a tower yarder at the top of a ridge. Like the foothill wants to be a tall ship.

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Bikepacking trip in Canaan Valley West Va down along the Balckwater trail to the Shavers Fork. The Donnellys MSO maiden voyage, nice tire, no issues but I did snap an RD cable, made for a difficult return up some serious climbs

Blackwater Canyon trail

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Douglas Falls

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Bikepacking trip in Canaan Valley West Va down along the Balckwater trail to the Shavers Fork. The Donnellys MSO maiden voyage, nice tire, no issues but I did snap an RD cable, made for a difficult return up some serious climbs
Wow, you packed light!
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spent sunday riding the rock piles along the neches river
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spent sunday riding the rock piles along the neches river
ooh, splatter paint goodness! Love it.
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I did a gravel century ride yesterday. Well 86mi gravel and 15mi of total connecting pavement.
Ridewithgps claimed it would be 2300' of climb. I knew that was conservative, but didn't plan on the actual 4948' of climb!
Windy and hilly.

I was too exhausted to take many pics.
Here is one that is similar to most everything else i would have taken. This was a nice part of the ride because it was fun rolling hills and I was on a dirt B road.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Wow, you packed light!
I do, tarp and bivy vs tent. All food freeze dried, few clothes. The clothes are in the the cuben bag on top tube, the tarp, sleeping bag/bivy, cookset, and food in the dry bag on rear rack, front bag had rain gear, light, battery, munchies, tools, spare tire and first aid kit. Not a lot of stuff but it works.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
I did a gravel century ride yesterday. Well 86mi gravel and 15mi of total connecting pavement.
Ridewithgps claimed it would be 2300' of climb. I knew that was conservative, but didn't plan on the actual 4948' of climb!
Windy and hilly.

I was too exhausted to take many pics.
Here is one that is similar to most everything else i would have taken. This was a nice part of the ride because it was fun rolling hills and I was on a dirt B road.
I hear ya on being too exhausted to take pictures. I just kept on cranking and gave up some cool photo ops. Nice pixs
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Originally Posted by jack pot
spent sunday riding the rock piles along the neches river
Wow, you're really taking this "gravel" thing quite seriously.
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