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    Default Gravelmap.com

    I did a search and didn't see any threads on this. I have found it to be remarkably accurate to my region (southeast MI) and a fun way to explore some roads I didn't know about. Using this site and a second browser window with Strava's route builder it was pretty easy to create a ride to upload to my Garmin.

    Gravel Road Maps and Biking Routes - Gravelmap
     

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    Huh - this is great - thanks for posting.

    Also a little sad. Those squiggles (see below) between Hillsdale and Spencertown used to be connected by-and-to other squiggles just two years ago. The town has decided chipseal is cheaper in the long run than gravel and is repaving.

    I will need to get a chipseal bike now.

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    Edit: Actually there are a bunch missing. So maybe I have my homework cut out for me.
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    This is not political Jorn. With paving comes white lines, with white lines comes Federal funding. Sigh

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    This is fantastic! Thanks for posting this! So many interesting routes to explore...
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    It isn't complete. I looked at my home town. The road up the valley below the farm we knew as "the Lower Road" is there but the road the farm is on is not there. That's not surprising, the road up the valley is a gentle slope next to a babbling brook. The road past the farm is, or at least it was when I was a kid, about twelve thousand feet of elevation gain in a little more than a mile.

    I know it is still unpaved, I was up there not too long ago. I could stitch together easily a 70-80 mile ride with not much more than 5-10 miles of paved road and probably never be more than 15 miles from the farm as the crow flies.
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    It says it is crowd sourced. Only routes that are open and have no access issues are published. So If there are routes you know, that are not listed, you can contribute.
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    it's depressing to see how far I have to go to get there.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    This is not political Jorn. With paving comes white lines, with white lines comes Federal funding. Sigh
    I miss the good old days, when we wanted to pave roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rec head View Post
    it's depressing to see how far I have to go to get there.
    Yup. At least 2 hours by car for enough density to make a mostly gravel loop.

    There is a flat-ish 40 mile rail trail out my back door, but it's basically a firm crushed rock trail with a few soft spots.

    Military Ridge State Trail - Wisconsin DNR

    That said I have never ridden the entire length and back home, so maybe I'll just do that first before complaining.

    In olden days I would take advantage of stopping in the little towns to re-stock, but I could try out some of my bike bags to make it a solo effort without food stops. There are some public water fountains along the way that should be ok with a bleach wipe prior to use. Luckily, these trails thin out users as you get farther away from Madison. Don't get me started about the chaos of the city trails right now.

    I'm about to convert the primary wheels on the gravel bike from clincher tires to tubeless tires, so maybe this could be a good test once the tubeless install is tight and sealed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    This is not political Jorn. With paving comes white lines, with white lines comes Federal funding. Sigh
    I know. I understand it. The town planner is a neighbor, and he's actually doing a good job. Heck this town had open sewers as late as the 1990's. And people living along dirt roads get tired of the mud on their cars in the winter and dust through their house windows all summer long. And it isn't like the roads are no longer challenging. Where I think Slow Poke Pete is going to live, he's got uphill in both directions if he wants to get back home. I'm just being a whiner.

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    I think this blue loop with Chatham in its center is at least a portion of The Farmer's Daughter ride. The actual ride is partially on private property - or at least it used to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott G. View Post
    I miss the good old days, when we wanted to pave roads.
    Ah, but they were paved for cyclists! Now we have to seek out the gravel to avoid the routes now over-run with cars...
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    I will need to get a chipseal bike now.
    I can hear the engines of Trek marketing firing up to fill this niche...
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    Quote Originally Posted by guido View Post
    I can hear the engines of Trek marketing firing up to fill this niche...
    I think that’s a road bike with clearance for 28mm.....wait for it........tubulars!



    :-)

    Anyway, come to Columbia County. Nice cycling here. After the virus is done with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    I think that’s a road bike with clearance for 28mm.....wait for it........tubulars!

    :-)

    Anyway, come to Columbia County. Nice cycling here. After the virus is done with us.
    I will. I get out to the Berkshires a few times a year for cycling and photography. We camped at Taconic falls state park probably ten years ago and did day rides throughout the local area. Nice territory out there for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Where I think Slow Poke Pete is going to live, he's got uphill in both directions if he wants to get back home.
    Oooph...

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