I think waiting until the spring time or even early summer for our group ride is a great idea. I have so many fall projects coming up that are taking up every weekend from now until February - too be honest, what a relief!
HOWEVER, I do live fairly close to the forest over here so it is easy to do a day trip - when I ride with my girlfriends, I meet them in the morning after I drop my big kid off at school, we ride until lunch, go eat then I get home around 2pm. If anyone wants to try to do something like that, just give me a holler. I can do Saturdays too, just have to work that one around hubby's schedule.