Saturday morning I started gearing up for a 50 to 60 mile gravel ride that some friends with the West Michigan Coast Riders had planned. The night before I heard that a road had washed out so I also had planned a different way to get there which involved more gravel roads and a few more miles!
I made sure I packed a couple ensures for the ride, which by the way I did consume and they kept me going again without any issues. I am very pleased that I came across these shakes!
Overall the ride was beautiful, the sun was out, seemed to be in the mid 40’s, and for Michigan that was perfect for March. We had a good group of guys, a few I knew and one I had never met before.
Throughout the ride we actually hit soft sand and dusty conditions, wet peanut buttery mud conditions, icy/snowy road, and also perfect conditions. I am doubtful that I have ever been on a ride in which you wished it would have rained to knock down the dust, wished it were warmer to evaporate the muddy conditions and iced roads!
We had good conversation during the ride and I saw something that I was not expecting, a bunch of people were camped out on the side of one of the gravel roads that ran along a small river or creek, and they had a fire going and their fishing lines in the water. I thought that would be a nice way to relax and enjoy the day with friends and cook fresh fish!
Pee stops were tough due to a lot of open farmland, so I made the best of a deep ditch along side the road when there weren’t any cars coming or going.
As we neared the end, I decided to take a different route home for the last 7-8 miles and I wished I would have stayed with the group. I was trying to get home to do a family bike ride, not realizing that my family had left for the other side of the state instead!
When I did arrive home and learned of this development, I almost decided to make it a century, but I decided against it!
I hope you enjoyed my 60 mile ride as much as I did, let me know about your last epic gravel adventure in the comments!