Rode with the group at parking 1. Other then the normal sandy places it was nice. Pretty hard packed and cool under the trees once past the 8 mile bailout. I had a great time and even did the harder options with another ride guide (sorry forgot your name :-))
BTW. The horse flies were HORRIBLE!! I had some OFF on me and they would still bite if you slowed down or heaven forbid you stopped!! One guy said it best "Didn't know I was signing up for blood donations today".