Why ride gravel? Because it’s a blast!

Clark State Forest

Miles: 12.0 Elevation: 942 feet Location: Henryville, IN. Entrance off of U.S. 31, 25 miles north of Louisville, KY Gravel: ~50 percent Facebook album Website Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: Fire tower. Lakes for paddling. Scenic overlooks. At least one brutal climb.

Muscatatuck National Wildlife

Refuge

Miles: Variable; 10-12 is typical Elevation: Varies with route, pretty flat with a few rollers Location: Near Seymour, IN. 3 miles east of I- 65 on U.S. 50. Gravel: >90 percent Facebook album Website No nav link; we just go and ride around. Features: Historic farmstead and cemetery. Lakes for paddling. Interpretive center and gift shop. Lots of wildlife, especially birds.

Brown County Studio Tours

Miles: 17.0 Elevation: 1,067 feet Location: Nashville, IN. Gravel: <20 percent Facebook album Website Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: Meet with area artists in their studios. Route goes through the campus of Catholic Youth Organization Camp Rancho Framasa. Dining, art and craft galleries in Nashville.

Greenbrier-Sweetwater (Marc’s

Ride)

Miles: 35.7 Elevation: 2,377 feet Location: Madison, IN. Gravel: ~35 percent Facebook album Website for Madison Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: Several challenging climbs, including Greenbrier (paved) and Sweetwater (gravel). But the scenery is terrific; even the paved parts (shown) are scenic. Start/finish at Lorenz Park near downtown Madison makes this a good option for when downtown parking is at a premium during events.

Turkey Burner 2017

Ride data for Saturday only; Friday route info also available online. Miles: 42.4 Elevation: 1,777 feet Location: Madison, IN. Gravel: ~35 percent Facebook album (photos for both days) Website for Madison Website for Clifty Falls Nav link: RideWithGPS.com (For Saturday; Friday is also available on the RWG site) Features: Historic Eleutherian College is a short side-trip off the route. Their Facebook page has additional information. Northwest of Madison has less climbing than going east and has more farmland and less woods and creeks. Start/finish at at the North Shelter parking lot of Clifty Falls State Park, which may require an entrance fee.  

Gravel

I rode gravel as a child through the late 1960s and returned to it in earnest in 1988 with my new Specialized Hard Rock MTB. It’s still my favorite kind of riding. I won’t list every gravel ride I do but a lot of them will show up here. Mileages and feet of climbing are best guesses from routes I created on RideWithGPS (link to my page) and Garmin Connect (link to Garmin Connect) plus my data from doing the rides. Nav links are all to RideWithGPS because the Garmin interface is clunky. When I do share ride and route information on Garmin, those links appear on the Born2Roam Facebook page. Lots of photos on Facebook with descriptions in most cases and critical course information in a few instances.
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Fuji Jari 2018 First Ride

Miles: 27.6 Elevation: 1,587 feet Location: Madison, IN. Gravel: ~25 percent Facebook album Website for Madison Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: The creek crossing at the bottom of Geyman Hill Road (shown) may be impassable due to high water and is slick even in low water conditions. Otherwise rural and rustic with a start/finish in downtown Madison. My first ride when this bike was new.
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Gravel

I rode gravel as a child through the late 1960s and returned to it in earnest in 1988 with my new Specialized Hard Rock MTB. It’s still my favorite kind of riding. I won’t list every gravel ride I do but a lot of them will show up here. Mileages and feet of climbing are best guesses from routes I created on RideWithGPS (link to my page) and Garmin Connect  (link to Garmin Connect) plus my data from doing the rides. Nav links are all to RideWithGPS because the Garmin interface is clunky. When I do share ride and route information on Garmin, those links appear on the Born2Roam Facebook page. Lots of photos on Facebook with descriptions in most cases and critical course information in a few instances.

Clark State Forest

Miles: 12.0 Elevation: 942 feet Location: Henryville, IN. Entrance off of U.S. 31, 25 miles north of Louisville, KY Gravel: ~50 percent Facebook album Website Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: Fire tower. Lakes for paddling. Scenic overlooks. At least one brutal climb.
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Fuji Jari 2018 First Ride

Miles: 27.6 Elevation: 1,587 feet Location: Madison, IN. Gravel: ~25 percent Facebook album Website for Madison Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: The creek crossing at the bottom of Geyman Hill Road (shown) may be impassable due to high water and is slick even in low water conditions. Otherwise rural and rustic with a start/finish in downtown Madison. My first ride when this bike was new.

Greenbrier-Sweetwater (Marc’s Ride)

Miles: 35.7 Elevation: 2,377 feet Location: Madison, IN. Gravel: ~35 percent Facebook album Website for Madison Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: Several challenging climbs, including Greenbrier (paved) and Sweetwater (gravel). But the scenery is terrific; even the paved parts (shown) are scenic. Start/finish at Lorenz Park near downtown Madison makes this a good option for when downtown parking is at a premium during events.

Turkey Burner 2017

Ride data for Saturday only; Friday route info also available online. Miles: 42.4 Elevation: 1,777 feet Location: Madison, IN. Gravel: ~35 percent Facebook album (photos for both days) Website for Madison Website for Clifty Falls Nav link: RideWithGPS.com (For Saturday; Friday is also available on the RWG site) Features: Historic Eleutherian College is a short side-trip off the route. Their Facebook page has additional information. Northwest of Madison has less climbing than going east and has more farmland and less woods and creeks. Start/finish at at the North Shelter parking lot of Clifty Falls State Park, which may require an entrance fee.  

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

Miles: Variable; 10-12 is typical Elevation: Varies with route, pretty flat with a few rollers Location: Near Seymour, IN. 3 miles east of I-65 on U.S. 50. Gravel: >90 percent Facebook album Website No nav link; we just go and ride around. Features: Historic farmstead and cemetery. Lakes for paddling. Interpretive center and gift shop. Lots of wildlife, especially birds.

Brown County Studio Tours

Miles: 17.0 Elevation: 1,067 feet Location: Nashville, IN. Gravel: <20 percent Facebook album Website Nav link: RideWithGPS.com Features: Meet with area artists in their studios. Route goes through the campus of Catholic Youth Organization Camp Rancho Framasa. Dining, art and craft galleries in Nashville.