Recap: Union Furnace Gravel Grinder
3150 ft climbing
3700 ft climbing
Temps in low 60’s to mid 70’s
Nice shade coverage
Mix of clouds and sun
We parked at Union Furnace Elementary School parking lot. Beginning of the ride features a pavement climb to warm up and the rest of the route is a mix of gravel and pavement. Gravel roads were dry, fast and loose. Weather was perfect for the whole ride with a mix of sun and clouds and low humidity.
Over the route the riders split into three pace groups and the last group of 11 experienced a broken chain, flat tire and a derailleur issue. One group cut the route short.
There were only a few dogs on the route and most stayed on their property.
We stopped for lunch at the Lake Hope State Park campground and for water and a bathroom break.