Topic: MTB, Pave' and Off-Road - Paulding Gravel: Paving Brushy Mountain Rd.

TimH - May 26, 2018 - 10:23 PM
Post subject: Paulding Gravel: Paving Brushy Mountain Rd.
It is inevitable, I guess.

Brushy Mountain Rd is being paved, starting from Braswell Mountain Rd. They've done the short section to the railroad tracks and have started paving the long section above the tunnel. Several large parcels of land are for sale just north of the trail and my guess is that they will soon be developed. This is bad for those of us who ride gravel but it does open up some interesting possibilities for road rides if they also pave south of 278 to Yorkville.

Looking south from Braswell Mountain Rd.

Crying or Very sad

Sadlebred - May 28, 2018 - 03:55 AM
Post subject: RE: Paulding Gravel: Paving Brushy Mountain Rd.

How much gravel is left out there? I haven't done the old Paulding Gravel loop in about 2 years.
TimH - May 28, 2018 - 06:30 AM
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The route below was ridden on May 5. Blue was gravel at the time.

Obviously Brushy Mountain Rd is going away but there is a super nice road on Georgia Conservation Land from top of the tunnel to the trail 2.5 miles east of the tunnel. That can never be paved and is closed to vehicle traffic.

Yorkville Pass is still gravel/dirt AFAIK.

A very large tract of land was cleared east of the gravel section on Mt. Moriah Rd. My hope is that this is going to be more pasture for the ranch but that isn't likely and if it is development then Mt. Moriah will be paved.

Cochran Rd. was closed 5/26. It had been heavily pot holed and I hope they are just re-grading.

Lee, Clay Root and Blue Car Body are on WMA land and will likely never be paved. I've purchased a Georgia Land's Pass to be able to ride there. Anyone with a hunting license can go there too.

Here are some photo's of the May 5 ride...

Clayroot Rd, Sheffield WMA

Lucas Ln. Mostly pea gravel over hardpack and very fast.

More Clayroot Rd. This section is gated off and hasn't been used by motor vehicles for years. It connects with Blue Car Body Rd.

Blue Car Body Rd. Very pretty back there.

Sadlebred - May 29, 2018 - 02:21 AM
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Tim--If you are ever up for having a slow but perfectly capable rider tag along, please let me know. I do 125+ miles/week but am slow. I love riding gravel but have mostly been going to Dirty Sheets this year.
TimH - May 29, 2018 - 03:08 AM
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Let's go!

I'm planning a week or two downtime after Red Clay Ramble June 2 but will post something after that.

I need to do Dirty Sheets. Sounds like fun with a group.

mikebritton - May 29, 2018 - 02:45 PM
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I'm looking to ride some gravel, but all I have is a MTB.
TimH - May 29, 2018 - 06:16 PM
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mikebritton wrote:
I'm looking to ride some gravel, but all I have is a MTB.

MTB is fine and in some cases better than a gravel bike.

Lots of guys race MTB's on gravel.

At the Southern Cross gravel race the mountain bikes were pulling away from my Niner RLT on the twisty descents. Wide tires give lots more traction and narrow(er) tires on gravel bikes are not able to keep up descending the switchbacks on loose gravel. Lighter, more areo drop bar gravel and CX bikes would catch up to the MTB's on the flats and climbs. Mountain bikes were blasting through very rough sections such as washboard and large aggregate. Its all relative and I've done some of the Paulding gravel with a friend on an early 90's Specialized Rockhopper.

CX. Gravel. Wide tire 'Any-road." Trail. Enduro. Franken-bike. It's all good.
mikebritton - May 31, 2018 - 02:48 PM
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That's good to hear. I'm going to find a route and try it on the MTB enduro style. I've always wanted to explore the gravel roads around here.
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