Monday Motivation: Route Finding

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Monday Motivation
Exploring roads with friends- What could be better?

Monday Motivation: Route Finding– Looking for a new loop to train on? Need to find a route for an event or just for fun? Sure, you can sit at your computer and find a route using any number of on-line sources, or you can grab a good paper map and get dirty. Riding a new bunch of roads with friends can be a great time in and of itself, but probably more importantly, it can teach you about the land. You can see landmarks and get a feel for the terrain that no digital based resource can touch.

Get analogue! Go out and ride some new roads and bring along some friends for the fun and adventure of it all.

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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5 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: Route Finding

  1. Hi Guitar Ted. I enjoy getting your feed. So jacked that “Gravel Grinding” is a real “thing” now. It’s my favorite form of riding and racing. And, the more gravel races that pop up the fewer cycylocross punishments I have to endure. Anyhow. just a note to say that your banner head made me laugh. Not sure if it’s on purpose or not but there are certainly times I’ve felt like I’ve been in the “Riding Grave”

  2. While I was out riding this evening—one of my pancake flat, straight as an arrow, out and back, get ‘ir done, Ankeny gravel routes—I thought of this post and of other things Guitar Ted has written about planning vs asking for gravel routes.

    I think asking a friend for a gravel route is like asking for a music suggestion, or better yet, getting a mix tape. I get to experience some thing I may not otherwise have experienced. And I get to experience being “with” that friend even when I’m riding alone.

    Thoughts that I can have on those rides…

    “Ah, I bet Steve went this way just to get that minimum maintenance section.”

    “Oh, Kim must love the view across this valley.”

    “The sunrise here would be gorgeous on one of Sarah’s rides.”

    And as I get more adept in planning routes, I hope that when I share them, my friends will see me in them.

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