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My immediate access routes are slowly drying up.

Old 08-20-21, 10:50 AM
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My immediate access routes are slowly drying up.

This stemmed from a 40mi mixed surface ride I did yesterday. Just complaining without a solution.

My easiest access to limitless gravel is 5.5mi away.
- There is work being done on the immediate access road that will bring more housing and inevitably pavement.
- There are 3 segments of some borderline metro gravel roads that are all being worked on/developed. Massive houses will be built(and some sort of data farm on one site). This will mean more pavement.
- There is a housing development with upper middle class houses that is 2-5 years old now and a very popular and well used segment of a gravel connector road was paved 2 years ago. On that same road over a hill, more housing is going in which means...more pavement.

My second easiest access to limitless gravel is 7mi away in another direction. It is then some gravel, then a little development, then endless gravel. That little development is quickly filling in and expanding which means...more pavement.

More housing = more taxes = more stuff for towns. I get it. But from a selfish perspective I hate it. I like being close to the edge of what is developed for cycling and just recreation as a whole. Meanwhile, taxes from more people will help my town pay for some awesome recreational additions like a recently added boathouse for kayak/paddleboard rentals, extending MUPS to further connect developments, and connecting currently divided recreational spots with a bridge over a major river. Clearly there is some good that can and is done with more money.
Our metro has grown 25% in the last decade. Thats absurdly fast and Its not like it went from 4 to 5 people where there isnt much difference. Its noticeable in many ways- and the paving of paradise is definitely one.

We could sell and move further away from all conveniences, I could accept that my solo rides will consist of less gravel as the years progress, or I can start driving to do my solo rides.
Ugh to all of those.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Ugh to all of those.
I can relate. I sorta kinda knew about an access to the county, but when the pandemic hit, that became my escape valve. Since then they've put in a new subdivision just over the ridge from home, and they're building a new set of apartments, and then just the other side of the highway they've been doing site improvement for yet another subdivision. The country has gone from 2 miles from my house to 8 miles away in just 18 months.

Part of me thinks I should move to the mountains when I retire. The other part of me thinks it was nice, when I had my heart attack, to have a firehouse with EMT-certified firemen on call half a mile away to resuscitate me and preserve (most of my) brain function.

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I really need to start putting the bike on the car and start rides in somewhat safer areas.
The general level of bat-turd crazy motorists has steadily increased.
Development pressures have led to rampant growth in the area we live in.
I was talking to a close friend from HS who retired after 30 years as an LEO; we came to the conclusion that ours is a good area to move away from.
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Even at 6 - 7 miles away you are lucku it is that close. I have just two miles of gravel riding within 30 miles of where I live so have to car-it to most gravel riding places.
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We're really lucky here, it's all state land. I have to go down a busy 2 lane highway to get to gravel, but it has really wide shoulders and only for less than 2 miles. I could just go a couple of roads up and ride singletrack to gravel, but it makes an hour ride into a 3 hour ride. It's virtually infinite gravel from there, but really only about 60 miles in either direction.

The problem with the highway is that people are really bad drivers and the fire department closes the road for a crash. I have missed out on rides a couple of times for that. Did I mention that people are really bad drivers?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
This stemmed from a 40mi mixed surface ride I did yesterday. Just complaining without a solution.

But from a selfish perspective I hate it.
I feel this 100% and know exactly what you are talking about. I think you have a great perspective on the benefits this will bring, and I hadn't even thought of it that way, so thank you. I still hate it though....
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^^^Totally get it, too. Up here in central Maine there are a lot of dirt/gravel roads, even though they are not connected. But still, the roads that lead to most of them are mostly quiet and not busy with traffic. Two of my favorite rides have now paved two of my favorite dirt roads with asphalt. So it goes. My only choice is to live with it or move much farther north. I don't think I could take a winter that's longer, colder, and windier than the one I have now.
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