My last ride of August. 41 miles of mostly "gravel" with a little bit of road mixed in. I think it's a great showcase of what interior Florida has to offer.
After a little bit of road, a section of sketchy, swampy gravel in Carlton Reserve.
Which opens up to a beautiful power line road that runs for miles.
Just beyond here it got super muddy and wet for a bit. It seems any summer gravel ride lands me bottom bracket deep in water at some point.
Then it was through a park and onto some country neighborhood streets for a bit. After that, the route opens up on this "road" in Walton Ranch Preserve.
Which has some amazing sections of sub-tropical forest...
Found the cows (it's an active ranch) and an epic tree.
From there, it's mostly just riding back the way you came. Thankfully, I had a nice tailwind on the way back so I felt like I was flying. The sun finally came out and the heat really kicked in. Three bottles and four 2 oz SIS gels (which are mostly water) really wasn't enough for this outing, even with the clouds. Looking forward to doing this ride again when the weather cools off a bit.
If you don't come back covered in sand and dirt, did you even gravel?
Great pics and a fine pair of legs.