Last Sunday I took my new ride out to Johnson Valley for a little solo loop. I was really looking forward to some quality one on one time with my Italian Beauty, in the 188,000 acres of open offroad solitude. Curses foiled again! I had forgotten that the King of the Hammers race week started today. Circus tents, Semi trucks, motorhomes and Rock racing buggies owned Means Dry Lake for the next 7 days. But I'm a bit of a motorhead myself, so I figured I'd just enjoy the show. These were spectator's vehicles. The race rigs were still down on the lake. This trail is Sledgehammer. The first of the Hammer trails. I've done it once in a jeep, and once on a trials bike. I didn't get too far on the Beta. She's still way too shiney & new to try it. Another way into Sledge is to go in on the "Escape Route" trail. But to do that, you have to climb this.....not today....not solo. So I rode around a bit more, then went down to "Hammertown" to look around. Nice Cars. When I got home I had a message from inmate "fuggy" saying he was at Johnson Valley for the races and wanted to ride some singletrack. I answered that I'd be up for it Tuesday. Skip ahead to Tuesday: Not having ever met fuggy, I didn't know what type of rider he was so the ride I took him on started pretty easy. Everytime I looked over my shoulder he was right there, so gradually the difficulty increased. By the end of the ride we were exploring new gnarley trails that neither of us had ever seen, and making new trails of our own. Really Fun!!! I made two big mistakes on this ride though. 1. I forgot the mount for my helmetcam, so I rigged it to my visor. 2. I left my still camera in the truck. I was able to put together a short video though. Here it is...Enjoy. Thanks for the great ride Chad! I'm looking forward to seeing the video from your properly mounted GoPro.