DerekJ_MI and JMosey. Let me give you some feed after what I read in your article. Thanks for posting BTW as for those who might be thinking of doing this gives you a l little idea of the ride. Here in Pa gravel riding really kind of sucks. Yeah there is riding but most are mountain fire tower roads, single track and if you want to ride gravel at least where I live I have to ride 10-15 miles just to get to the gravel. So yeah even though there was hike a bike or non rideable areas I think I might have enjoyed it.
Excuse this but I will give some feed back on the rides I have done so far. Pony Express 120/75 miler would have to be on the top of the list. Low entry fee/feels like a grassroots ride/town gets behind the ride.hotel rates are normal/only 1 mile of hard roads going out of town the rest was gravel/all types of riding/single track/b roads/gravel/lots of photographers out on the course taking some great photos and you could steal them no problems/probably 45 minutes to 1 hr swag give away the night before the ride with one of the local bike shops seeming to footing the bill. They did give away a $1500 bike/had a free beer challenge climb this short hill without putting your foot down and win the beer/they wanted you to win the beer/only negative is you bought your own food at the end of the ride which I was ok with that with the low entry fees/town although very small went all out to support this ride. The Kansas ride spoiled me for any other rides I have done so far. 2nd I guess would be the Dirty Pecan in Monticello FL. Course wasn't marked/ there was to be a town that you could get some food but I missed that/free event but collecting money for the 4h club which I think most donated to/lots of clay roads/still too much hard roads for my liking/great bar b q and beer at the finish 3rd Bootlegger 62/100 Lenoir NC really nasty downhills/hairpin blind corners which from my end the downhills were white knuckled/great burrito and beer at the finish/2 drop bags they keep my small cooler/first 10 miles were hard roads and last 10 miles were hard roads/traffic was really heavy and lots of mountain bike racers with their bikes loaded racing to the tops of the mts making you eat dust/dirt. 4th Crush and Run 11 Lancaster PA. was a secret course you had to show up Friday night to get the cue sheet. We show up and no this isn't the real cue sheet you will get that in the morning but only in a 2 hr window. Make it to a cut off time to get the 2nd sheet of cue sheets and had a rest stop there/lots of single track/rode with some locals and we still got lost 3-4 times/no food at the end of the ride and the finish was kind on anticlimatic/way too much hard roads for my liking. One of my things about gravel would be how many hard road miles was on this course? Sounds like not many. How many cars/trucks traffic did you see? If you want to enjoy a gravel ride I can't suggest The Pony Express anymore that I already stated above. Going to do the Farmer's Daughter in Chatham NY this weekend on the site I think they have 3 tough hike a bike areas as they have detours that you can take and kind of saying right now not taking them but who knows. Thanks again for the ride report Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman