I mentioned before that I am registered to do the Almanzo 100 race/ride in May. A growing number of HC regulars are into riding gravel roads and long distances, and a few of these friends/customers are now registered, too. I'm really looking forward to the ride: the challenge of riding a gravel century, learning new roads, and now riding with great friends. Anyway, if riding 100 scenic miles of gravel roads in mid-May sounds like your cup of tea, stop by HC and pick up an Almanzo pre-made postcard. Then put your name, gender, and email address on it, address it, and get it in the mail before the end of the month. (Important: please read the rules before entering.)
I have been seeking out gravel road riding since at least 2006, but last year (2009) I went out of my way to plot out some gravel-rich back-road routes, some of which we enjoyed on HC day rides, and others on a tour with friends. This year (2010), I'm going to go nuts with this. So look for a busy gravel road ride schedule once the snow melts. I have been spending my ample free time poring over maps and studying rides that others have done, and I'm confident that we'll have some memorable rides.
(Photo by Lanny Hoff)