Your idea of a great ride is a bit more hairy chested than mine. Yeah, I'll bet you were nervous at the shaded areas.
Part of it is mud consistency. Our mud here is often something which, even in fairly shallow doses, fouls to the point of immobility, even serious 4 x 4 trucks. And yeah, I've fallen into those traps. Only way out is to DRAG the bike on its side out of the area.
Add ice....good grief.
Why be born again when you can just grow up?