Woof. Lots of tl;dr on that last page but when I said "haul ass" I definitely did not mean to ride beyond recklessly/unsafely. More of get up early and stay on the bike as much as possible type of riding day. I was more alluding to the terrain of the route - is it wide straight gravel roads or twisty single lane (like the Honeymoon Trail)? Agreed most folks would like to stop often and early to enjoy the scenery but for those of us who live south with limited vacation time it's just a reality of making the most of MN summer vacations.