Saturday solo southwest gravel:
Saturday’s weather is looking alright; a moderate southwest wind, temperatures in the high single digits, and a small chance of rain in the afternoon.
Chris Angermann came up with this route. It’s got lots of flyby potential, and some cool features:
km 5: connector trail from Trussler to Mannheim
km 22: first flyby zone on river road. If someone is ~10 km ahead or behind, you should cross paths here
km 34.5: a really fun trail behind plattsville. It could be muddy this time of year.
km 42: a rail trail leaving Bright. it’s so fun it’s on the route in both directions.
km 77.5: 4 way corner, you might get lucky and see someone going the other way.
km 80.5: a no winter maintenance road that’s basically just an atv track. Lots of fun, and it’s still early enough in the season that it shouldn’t live up to it’s nickname: “mosquito alley”.
I’ll be heading out on route sometime in the morning, probably 9ish. Chris is doing the route backwards. So if you’re out on route sometime, there’s a really good chance you’ll run into either of us, or anyone else doing the route. We may not be able to ride together, but it’s always nice to know that others are out on the same route as you.
Here’s a medium and a short version of the route as well. If you’re time limited, or maybe riding from home and don’t want such a long route, these are good options, either in the direction posted, or backwards.
- The medium route is still very close to the long route, but it cuts out a lot of the zig-zag flyby bits.
- The short route shares much of the start and finish, but takes a shortcut through Wolverton, avoiding going far south like the longer ones.
All routes start and finish near the Williamsburg Town Centre plaza, so lots of parking if you want to drive to the start.