No. Personally I’ve never gone off route that would skip passing anything. I stay out there to thank and support the local people who have come out to support us riders. They are the one’s who make the ride what it is.
Of course you can go off trail. Many have recommended seeing the high trestle bridge trail in the perry to Dsm Moines day. You would have to be off trail to see it. There a a day permit required to ride the raccoon river valley trail. It is about 2.00. It is much more fun to ride with the crowds though.