I much prefer riding dirt most of the time. There's often better scenery and fewer crowds. Even riding curves in the mountains on pavement can only be done to a certain level before Johnny Law starts giving you a hard time.
There are also a lot of knuckleheads on the roads around here. People offroad tend to be friendlier.
Some are guard dogs of the flock. Some herders, search/rescue, or companions. We Devildogs are those, and also retrievers. Hell is our blazing dogpark, our frigid swimming hole. The fallen are our tennis balls. We don't leave the fallen behind, even if the master has to bring them home for us. Semper Fi, my friends.