I just picked up an Orbea Terra H3 gravel bike to expand my riding options. I have to say I really (really) like the off-road stuff. The drop bar gravel gives me the feeling of road riding but with the option of going just about anywhere I like, including road. I put on a rear luggage rack and mud guards to make this a multi-day adventure bike. My plan is to do several multi-day BikePacking trips on the C&O and GAP trails, as well as the Katy Trail. I recently did a 50 mile one day ride on the C&O for a test run and couldn’t be more pleased. The 40mm tires soak up the bumps and the Shimano 105 drivetrain gives me plenty of speed and gearing options to go the distance. As has been said, gravel is pretty awesome! It doesn’t replace road riding, just complements it.