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Hahaira Georgia, just off of I-75 north of Valdosta is home to the Honey Bee Stinger Gravel Event. The 67 mile route is 80% off road with the predominant surface being clay.
And they are great roads. The ride started from a park just west of town. Cloudy and 48 with a steady breeze. The promoter is a heck of a nice guy and had things set up perfect. I had down loaded the route but saw orange arrows painted on the roads at major turns. Nice. I had no ambition nor the legs to run up front so I settled into a "touring pace". Lots of old abandoned houses and barns. Beautiful south Georgia country. There was a water stop at about 35 miles with sag bags and neutral water supplied. i took the opportunity to shed my jacket and stretch a bit. Don't pay any attention the water in the photo above. It was the only wet spot on the course. It was followed by a mushy sand section about 50' long which was the only time I had to get off the bike. I wasn't the only one judging by the amount of foot prints. I'll admit a little hate started creeping in at mile 55. The wind, which was of course at our backs going out, had turned into a head wind and was taking a toll on my legs. There's always a point on these longer rides where I get a little aggravated. I munched on a chew and started to feel better. There was a store on route which made for a nice place to take a break. I'll admit to not wanting another mile as we returned to the start. Even though it was fairly flat my legs were shot. I have done our home clay ride, the Dirty Spaghetti, and the Heart breaker clay event in Gainesville Fl. and this ride has everything in place to be a major event. I'm too lazy to post the route but you can look on the Book of Faces under the title and get more information. There's a reason these type rides are gaining traction. They are just plain fun.
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Good stuff normanhavana. Thanks for sharing. Nice looking bike too