I live 18 miles off the trace and ride it all the time. If you don't care for the trace because of the speed limit, it's not your type of ride. I used to be that way myself... There comes a time for many of us (probably due to age) that we begin to ride for the beauty of the journey. That's the type of riding that the "Trace" has to offer. I have changed from "smelling the rubber" to "smelling the roses." I have enjoyed both methods of riding very much..