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Where's best to gravel grind in US?

Old 09-09-19, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Being used to the UK....the thing about this part of the world, generally, the *average* farmer-family works 1,000 acres of land. The normal farm family owns and works 2,000-4,000 acres of land. That is right, 4 people living and working a farm bigger than many countries. Result being you don't ride 50-100km to the next town, you ride 50-100km to the next family ranch.
Umm...2000-4000 acres is bigger than TWO countries. Vatican City, and Monaco.

And 17 square km is 4,000 acres. Riding 100km, unless you're going in circles, you're probably not staying on the same ranch. Unless it's only 100 yards deep. Sheesh.

To get on topic - O.P., pick an area you'd like to visit and you will likely find lots of great gravel riding. It's all over New York State if you look for it. It's all over New England. Wanna visit Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine? Or do you want to visit the south? Pacific Northwest? Central U.S.? Marcus is correct in saying the country really has a lot of open land. You'll find gravel riding almost anywhere you want to go.
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Old 09-09-19, 01:31 PM
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I recall there was a site that tried to document gravel rides in the U.S. Anyone have a link?

Okay, I guess it was gravelmap. Crowd sourced, so not complete. https://gravelmap.com/#@40.764432665...8904,10,hybrid

It doesn't show gravel roads in an area until you do something. Zooming in on an area will make it happen automagically.

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Old 09-09-19, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
You'll find gravel riding almost anywhere you want to go.
I travel extensively for work and in my experience this is not remotely true. Sure you can find a random 1/2 mile gravel road here and there but good gravel riding? A comprehensive route that is fun to ride? You gotta do your research, especially coming from another country.
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Old 09-09-19, 02:18 PM
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agreed. Here in Central Pennsylvania, most of the gravel roads are concentrated in the state lands. Although the county south of here is starting to revert more and more paved roads to gravel, so that might change.
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Old 09-09-19, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
I travel extensively for work and in my experience this is not remotely true. Sure you can find a random 1/2 mile gravel road here and there but good gravel riding? A comprehensive route that is fun to ride? You gotta do your research, especially coming from another country.
Fair enough, and I'll defer to your experience. I guess maybe it's more fair to say there can be gravel riding found in places you don't suspect. If you want a gravel ride without ANY paved roads - yeah that's tough. Yesterday I did a 111 mile ride that was half gravel. Of the other half about 90% of it was quiet country roads, and 10% I had to hit some busier roads (but by no means busy) to get from one area to another. It tied together a bunch of New YOrk State forest lands which was where most (but not all) of the gravel roads were. If you go to the Catskills in NY, about an hour and half from me, there are loads of gravel roads - but again not necessarily uninterrupted by paved roads. Same in the Adirondacks, or really most areas of the state until you get closer to NYC.

If you go to Vermont you can find all manner of dirt and gravel riding. Maine has to have a ton of it - the state is practically empty of people!
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Old 09-11-19, 04:56 AM
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I'd also recommend the D2R2 which starts in Deerfield, MA and goes into Southern VT. There's several different routes with the longest being up to 180k. Very hilly but beautiful rural gravel roads. If you fly into Boston, it's not very far to drive to the Deerfield area so that could be very convenient for you. Even flying into New York wouldn't have a very long drive although Boston is definitely closer. It runs in August but they have the cue sheets on-line so you could ride on your own if you're so inclined (that's what I've done and pieced together variations of the different routes).
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Originally Posted by dennis336 View Post
I'd also recommend the D2R2 which starts in Deerfield, MA and goes into Southern VT. There's several different routes with the longest being up to 180k. Very hilly but beautiful rural gravel roads. If you fly into Boston, it's not very far to drive to the Deerfield area so that could be very convenient for you. Even flying into New York wouldn't have a very long drive although Boston is definitely closer. It runs in August but they have the cue sheets on-line so you could ride on your own if you're so inclined (that's what I've done and pieced together variations of the different routes).
1 hour from Hartford.. even easier.
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Old 09-11-19, 09:12 AM
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Agree that Hartford would be the best in terms of driving distance. OP is from the UK so I'm thinking getting flights from the UK to Hartford/Bradley airport would be a pretty big headache and cost much more time in flight transfers than it would save in driving time. But, yeah, driving from Bradley to Deerfield would be a breeze!
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Ahh didn't think international. would have to see about flights it would depend i guess. I might try the 160k next year.. done the 115k last 2 years and its pretty sweet.
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