I headed out for a gravel ride this afternoon, planning to ride only about 40 miles. But with pleasant sunshine and mild temperatures, I just kept pedaling and knocked out more than enough to satisfy the “ride your age” demands of the birthday ride tradition. One of these years I’ll have to drop back to kilometers instead of miles, but not yet!
I rode out of Yates Center, then southwest to Woodson State Fishing Lake, southeast to Buffalo, then back north, passing through tiny Rose on the way back to YC. The gravel was mostly fast and smooth, with a few sections of slightly tacky mud, and a minimum of freshly-plowed rock.
Strava activity: Birthday Ride: Buffalo Rose. I was feeling pretty good, so ended up with a nice pace.
Incidentally, this is a great little route, very scenic and remote, with low traffic and some challenging hills. However, if you try to follow this route on your own, be sure to carry plenty of snacks and water, because there are no services whatsoever along this route!
Here’s some photos from the ride: