Three of my friends who participated in last Saturday’s event decided to come back up to this general vicinity for subsequent 50-ish mile gravel ride, and I was invited. This time I was the guest and was taken to a few roads I had not yet seen. The route stitched together portions of the original Ramble route, this year’s route, and some new (to me) gravel roads farther northwest. It was a chillier start than last week, the wind was about the same, and there was about a 50% increase in the amount of climbing.
We made a brief stop at the Rosston General Store and found, to our delight, that it is still open. In fact, it appears to have taken on some new responsibilities as the Village Post Office. That’s a good sign for our future prospects as refueling stop.
Just like last week, we encountered a loose cow. Last week the escapee just stood by the side of the road munching grass as we rolled by. This week’s adventurer ran along the fenceline in front of us for a quarter mile until it found an open gate and jumped over the cattle “guard” to access someone’s pasture.
The turnaround point, and highest point on the route, was Forestburg. We can add another excellent local grill and grocery to our small town rest stop list.
The last stop was the Greenwood Grocery and Grill. I am thankful that my friends decided that they needed to come back to Greenwood for one of their burgers. Two weeks, two rides with friends, and the inventory for small town country stores is looking good for the future. Lucky me.