5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl
She knows she’s got everything that it takes to get a man . . . . She makes an old man wish for younger day…
Stop pretending that you don’t know the lyrics from the Brickhouse song by the Commodores. But before you start too far back into the flashbacks, listen to the lyrics carefully: this ride requires a polka dot jersey.
As part of the Motown series near Detroit, the Brickhouse route doesn’t mess around. The start has no warm up … you leave the campground, cross a bridge … and then head straight up (10% +). Big ponderosas framed with ferns and rhododendrons.
In 4 miles you climb 1300 feet. It’s a steep uphill, so you have plenty of time to spot the few potholes and mark them for the descent. For the next 6 miles you roll up and down …. time to enjoy the big views to the north.
When you hit the gravel, you’ll need to dig a little deeper … until you reach the Basalt Cliffs which are looming over the road. Now you are done with the first climb …
The long “squishy” downhill (8 miles, 2400 feet) will test out your brakes and technical skills. At the bottom you run into a paved road which will give you time to shake out the cramps in your hands from braking.
Soon it’s time to climb again (2000 feet in 9 miles). You wind up through more forest with some limited exposure to the sun.
When you hit the pavement, it’s time to blast back to the cars. Remember those sparse potholes on the hill climb at the start? It’s the same road, so give it a double look.
Adventure / Gravel Route
– Lollipop : 33 miles / 4300 ft gain
– Style: Mixed (2 gravel sectors, total ~ 16 miles)
– Location: ~ Detroit, OR
– Best ridden: Early Summer through Fall
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Date Posted: July 2018
Junction of Highway 22 and Straight Creek Road.
Food / Water
Cue Sheet / TCX File
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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