^Sutherland Springs Charity Ride from James . Strava map.
Sunday November 26 was the Sutherland Springs Charity Ride. I put together this video to show the area where we rode. The roads were great and it was for a great cause. There were three routes, a 15, 35 and a 68 miler. It’s an area we definitely want to go back to so I’ve been studying the maps. We will add 5 miles to the 15 and make it 20. We will keep the 35 and the 68 as they are. The 68 can be cut to 48 and capture the portion not ridden in the 35. All we need is a good starting point. The place where the Charity ride started was good but it is not open early enough for us to use. The park has another entrance and there are some other possibilities near by. Stay tuned.
As far as the Charity ride was concerned, it was great! The crowd was a good size and the routes were well marked. Even then, I wasn’t paying attention and missed a turn. No big deal, I had my handy, dandy high tech map that I drew free-hand with me so I got back on course. I hate that it cost me 6 minutes when I was trying to catch Steve and Sean and it ruined my average speed since I stopped to read the map, but who’s counting?
I did have fun, though. I made a new friend named Steve. Seems he and I battled back and forth for miles during the ride. I would pass him on the climbs and he would pass me going down hill. We were both bound and determined not to give an inch. I caught him on video several times and I have another hour of video to go through so I’m sure I caught him again if my battery was still good. We will see if he turns up in part two. Stay tuned!
More videos from that area:
Sutherland Springs Gravel
^Palmetto Gravel Ride from James . See Strava map here.
I wanted to post this video of our recent gravel ride from Palmetto State Park so everyone could see what the roads are like out there. We rode about 40 miles and it was about 90% gravel. The roads were great, traffic was very low and it appears we can add more milage very easily. We need to do some more exploring out there for sure.
We went out there for a casual ride but I think the Tempo Monsters would love those long endless straights. Our ride only had about 1,000 ft of climbing and none of it was steep. Oh well, other than that, it was great.
The starting point was in the park itself so you need $3 for a day pass. I didn’t look around much but I did see some paddle boats and the restrooms were clean. It’s a good place to start and finish. I’ve got more video to go through so stay tuned!
^Pay Back from James . Click here for Strava map.
So there we were riding some very nice gravel. It wasn’t a race, despite what I say in the video. It was just a nice day out on some country roads. It rained while we were out there so the roads were wet, but they were not muddy. The rain did not catch us until the end, which was good, because the rain was cold.
I will post more video on this ride soon to show more of the roads. Here’s two more videos of gravel rides that we did.
Another Sutherland Springs ride here.
Graveltopia video here.
^Graveltopia from James . Strava map.
This is some video from our gravel ride out to Utopia. It’s called Graveltopia when they race it. We did the 60 miler, which is the whole route. It’s about 60% gravel and the paved part is mostly county roads. It does hit some highway but they have some nice rollers so it adds to the fun.
I loved the route. Traffic was very light overall and on the gravel portion we saw more boars or wild hogs than we did cars. And we only saw 4 hogs. We actually rode during a storm but we were lucky and the storm was either ahead of us or behind us. We did get some rain but it was toward the end of the ride. I should mention that there are several low water crossings on the route so if it rains they could flood and trap you between a couple. There’s also no phone service so plan ahead.
I have more video to go through so stay tuned.
^Sutherland Gravel from James on Vimeo.
This is just a quick post to show what some of the Sutherland Springs Gravel roads look like. This route is 25 miles long and we will soon have some longer routes. So far about half of the bikes are cross bikes and the rest are mountain bikes. This is a good way to get some use out of that old 26er you have!
Click here to see the Strava map of the ride.
Start: S&S Stop 6370 Hwy 87, Sutherland Springs, Tx. This is not cyclocross, it’s a gravel ride. It is 90% gravel. No refueling on the route. Small store at the beginning for supplies. Additional parking at the post office across the street on Sundays. This is just a short route to begin with so we can learn the area and to see if you like this type of riding. You can resupply and do it backwards for a 50. There is plenty in the area to increase the distance. Stay tuned!