Well I am from Pa and have yet to do unPAved because of the high entry fees. Anything in the Mid West I would ride anytime. Iowa/Kansas/Nebraska/Missouri. Here is what I luv in a gravel ride/race.
1. @least 80% gravel pretty hard here on the East Coast. Ride the Ridges in Vt and Bootlegger in NC are the only 2 that has meet my expectations on the East Coast. 2. I know the big races can't do this but I love drop bags. 3. Until I get use to my Garmin I like a marked course. On the longer rides over 100 miles I know that is impossible. 4. This is a big one and I guess it depends on how much the entry fee was/is. I want good finish line food drinks. I am not a beer drinker so just having beer at the finish line doesn't work for me. I want a Coke or Pepsi. A few rides have had buy your own food at the end. I have been at at least 3-5 rides where the planning hasn't been good and the late riders had slim pickins. I am kind of a mid pack rider or a tail end rider if I had a bad day. Since I haven't done the 100+ mile rides yet I always wondered what they felt like if they came in and there was no food or drinks. 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