If you haven't been out riding in the woods, why not???
Another thing that happens in the Fall is that I start thinking about the Spring. I am planning to ride Almanzo again, and, having gone totally off the deep end, I'm also on the roster for Trans-Iowa.
We at Hiawatha Cyclery are proud sponsors of both events. The appeal of these free gravel racing events (aka gravel grinders) is not readily comprehended by most people who ride bikes, but if you "get it", you owe it to yourself to try one of these. My personal favorite so far, just based on the beauty of the route and the quality with which the event is presented, is Almanzo. Do it.