The east loop is great! I generaly ride the west because I like the work out it gives me, and I ride the east when I am pressed for time and need to get my "fix". Ive never rode both back-to-back. I am getting stronger and shedding some pounds, so I may start riding the entire thing to push my personal envelope.
Alright, I have pondered this some more and the question should be, How come no one rides Ionia...period. I ride there three times a week and never see anybody, ever. Now, I am not complaining, I like having my own private bike trail, but I asked myself why is this place not a destination? Last Saturday I had to get up early and drive to Detroit. On the expressway I could not help but notice all the cars with mountain bikes mounted on them. Its Saturday and people are headed to a destination to ride. Their driving 40, 60, 100 miles to go ride a trail. Why not Ionia? The answer I came up with is length, flow, and speed. Ionia has elements of flow, and speed, but they are short lived. I personally think Ionia needs an expansion. All that land along the river just sitting there. The east loop should and could be lengthened all the way to the south parking lot of the frair grounds where people could choose to cross the foot bridge and go into town and visit Dans bike shop, or have lunch or whatever. Or they could simply continue on the trail along the river back to the trail head on Riverside Dr.
Just my two cents and imagination running wild!
SHRED THE GNAR!