Gravel Adventure Rides

10 Nov 2013 10:00 AM | Deleted user
To all,

This weekend marks the first of a (hopefully) full winter series of Gravel Adventure Rides. The "Adventure" part of this, is that the routes will not be checked out in advance to insure they are all passable. Roads will be mostly unknown, only having been mapped online and through Google Streetview (where available), and therefore the quality of any particular road is up in the air. Roads could be paved, gravel, dirt, mud, overgrown with weeds, trees or completely reclaimed by nature. They may cross water by going through it instead of over it.

Stores, if we happen to pass any, may or may not be open, or even in operation anymore. Be sure to have food and water to handle multiple hours without a chance to resupply.

Road signs may or may not exist and if they do may not match what the internet claims the roads to be.

It is strongly recommended that tires be at least 35mm wide, with a 2" tire preferred. CX, MTB, Touring and Fat Bikes would be optimal. Make sure you have proper tubes, tools and inflation devices to handle any mechanical.

OF NOTE: It is currently deer hunting season in Indiana. I strongly suggest that each rider dress in brightly colored clothing. Orange, Red, Yellow being preferred.

The following is the ride description from the Touring Schedule:

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

     10:00am                              35 mi #4  177 S 2nd St, Marengo, IN

                                                  Marengo Gravel Adventure Ride. Marengo Elementary School. Get ready for an adventure! This ride will be ridden on a variety of road surfaces, so expect to bring a cross, mtb or other bike that can handle larger treaded tires. Part of the adventure is that the roads will be mostly unknown, as even the ride captain will likely not have seen them before, so expect to be rerouted if roads are closed or impassible, ideally we will stay together as a group so nobody gets lost (or at least nobody is lost alone). Things to expect: pavement, gravel, dirt, mud, water crossings, trees down across roads, stores that aren't actually open. Roads without signs, roads that disappear into nothingness and require bushwacking through the woods to reach where the road reappears on the other side. Be prepared: bring enough food and water to handle the expected mileage and then some. Tools and such to fix any problems that you may have. Be prepared to push your bike up some impossibly steep, boulder strewn roads. Most of all be prepared to have fun! RC:Timothy Stephen:

This is the planned route (again subject to change if roads are impassible, non-existent, etc)

Hope to see some hearty souls out for a wonderful ride!


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