An average ride is usually about 4-6 hours. We may go 7-8 with a lunch break. I really enjoy the longer 8-12 hour trips, but most of the parks in this area just don't have enough trail to make it able to stay out that long without retracing a lot of steps.
There's one trail at a nearby park that has a 32 mile loop trail with plenty of variety, from creek/river crossings, fields, forests, rocky climbs and descents, etc. Really nice day-ride but it can get really sloppy with long sections of deep mud. I used to do that trail all the time - just pack a lunch and leave early, get back in the late afternoon. It really was a nice way to spend a day!
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