“They got gators” however on this particular ride, the rabbits were more dangerous.

I’d been wanting to ride at Fort Polk for a while now, but timing and transportation just hadn’t worked out until this last trip. My friend Patrick was there for a few weeks and he had brought his cross bike (a Trek Boone). He has been riding daily, and texted me to let me know he found a few cool gravel trails, and some fire roads that would be suitable for a good time, so I prepped up Zoe (my Kona). I had some really good Continental Cross Speeds on the bike all winter and they were getting a bit bare, so I swapped on the Gravel King SKs I’ve been sitting on for a few months (more on those later…), cleaned her up some, and changed out the mount for my ELEMNT to the “Out Front”.
We kicked off right in front of the billeting Patrick is staying in, so we were on pavement for the first few miles, then we picked up the gravel path that runs the length of post. There were some seriously fun swooping sections, switchbacks, a rail crossing, a couple of ponds, and plenty of shade to make the oppressive Louisiana humidity bearable. I broke off down a couple of the dirt roads, and I wish I had more time to ride those, they were really nice, smooth, hard pack, and fast. Overall it was a cool ride, though short. Next time I do it I’ll build in more time for the side roads, and a spin around the airfield to get some legit miles in.  See the Strava page here.
LA-Ride
As far as the Gravel Kings go, they are fantastic tires. All the supple side wall I had read about, and really good traction. Even on the asphalt, there was no buzz or hum, and they just felt like good road tires. I ran them at 40 psi with standard cross tubes in them (that I didn’t powder for whatever reason), though I’m looking forward to setting them up tubeless. I think honestly that once setup tubeless, they will make the bike almost perfect for the kind of random riding I do most.

Texas Pavé

I find myself riding the cross bike more and more, I am accepting of the fact that I need to find a road bike with the same fit and feel in order to satisfy that pull. The Kona is so stiff and solid that it makes my trusty Cervelo feel like a noodle. This is on the “Suburban Ninja” loop, which a new, hidden little gem up north of the BCRT. I’m curious how this loop will pan out long term, supposedly, it is approved by the county, however the point of entry as it exists right now will eventually be someone’s side yard once the development is finished out, so I assume there will be significant changes. Interestingly, I’ve ridden the loop nine or ten times, and never seen another human back there til yesterday, when I saw FOUR.