Last weekend Portland bicycling eminence J. Maus came down to participate in the Salem Gravel Grinder.
Big day today. 2 personal records set: 182 miles ridden and 11 flats. ;-) pic.twitter.com/3S51I23iNjAnd this morning he posted a full ride report.
— Jonathan Maus (@BikePortland) February 24, 2014
The ride across rural roads in West Salem had been scheduled for the 9th, but the big storm forced postponement to the 23rd.
Though it started and ended at the golf course, the focus was on gravel and the back roads.
Perrydale, Ballston, and Bethel, by cemeteries like Pleasant Hill and Bethel again, by wonderful Victorian homes like this one in Perrydale, and of course it passed the Oak Grove Church where Maus shot his bike.
Here's more on last year's version in an online magazine devoted to the gravel riding.
Maybe as these things grow in popularity, there will be interest in "slow" versions, one that stops for the cemeteries and houses and birds, and isn't bothered that you might not be able to form a pace line!
In any case, it's great to see interest in the back roads and byways.