Originally Posted by Alleycatdad
Hoo boy! This:
Oh, and if a particular route isn't working out, it isn't likely to START working out later on.
reminds me of more than one dumb thing I've done....
Yup, this struck me as The Lesson. I have lots of personal experience with the truth in that statement. Glad you made it out OK! I ride 99% solo and have scared myself a few times pretty badly, but always had at least survival gear with me.
I've ridden for almost 50 years now and the best advice I could ever give is use the right tool for the job. I LOVE my GS, but it's not a dirt bike. In its proper element, it's the best bike I've ever owned. Out of it's element, it's a big pig. I've owned 90's, 100's, 125's, 250's, 650's etc. and they all had their place and function. My next bike is going to be either a WR250R (or maybe the WR450), then we'll get into the real dirt!