The Salem Backroads Century is 100 miles and travels through some quiet and isolated country, with a few miles of rough pavement along Puncheon Branch Road. Mostly flat-to-rolling with a couple of steep but short hills.
Directions to start:
This ride begins and ends at the Athens State University Library at 407 East Pryor Street in Athens, Alabama. From Huntsville, take Highway 72 West to Athens (about 15 miles from Huntsville). Turn right on South Clinton Street and travel North about a mile, turn right on Pryor Street. The library is about 0.2 mile on the left, parking just past the library.