While I was at the bike shop yesteday toying with the idea of a road bike or a CX to replace my nav 300 I kept thinking about wether or not I'd actually ride offroad. So I went home and decided to take the navigator for a little off road jaunt. I have a 2 mile route that I mow along the local field and woods where I hike with my dogs almost daily. I didn't have time yesterday to walk them and go for a bike ride so I combined them. Man what an eye opener. I only went 2 miles off road and it almost killed me. I had to stop 3 times on the way home. I don't work that hard in a 25 mile road ride. Even with a triple I needed lower gears, I though my heart was going to explode. I now have a new appreciation for offroad riders. Half way threw the ride I swore I'd never do it again, but I will keep doing it untill I can congure it. But I plan to focus on road riding and even if I get a CX bike, I'll probably put road tires on it and keep a second bike to off road jaunts with the dogs.