I won't give up road riding ever myself. I do both. There is something about getting out on the road and just hauling without having to worry about obstacles and tough, sandy, rocky, gnarly climbs. I go do longer distances of course on the road. We always say there is a 3 to 1 ratio of distance for road or mountain. Unfortunately we don't have alot of rural roads. One of my favorite routes is actually on a highway where cars are traveling 65+ miles per hour. In some parts (like riding down to San Diego) you have to travel on Interstate 5. Talk about scary!