I showed up to this will very little experience. I have ridden bikes for a long time including some dual sports for years but never done a group ride off road. To make things more interesting I am now riding a big adventure bike. My expectations were that this would be a relaxed pace cruise through the woods on fairly solid ground and it probably was for the experienced among us but for a noob it was pretty exciting stuff even in the D group. For me this was more about off road riding at a good pace than it was relaxed touring. I had to step it up to keep up with Kaosrider's relaxed riding on an EXC. That said it was a huge opportunity to improve my riding skills and KR took the time to share his knowledge. So with that I am starting a thread to share lessons learned. Based on the amount of spills and distance covered there should be quite a few things to talk about. My biggest challenge was getting comfortable on the big 1190R in the soft and slippery sections. I had fresh TKC80s on my bike and don't think I would have stood a chance on anything with a less aggressive tread. The first wet road had me sliding all over the place. It was not fun with 6 gal of fuel up high and a poor riding style. KR quickly got us out of the saddle and recommended taking some weight off the front wheel (I think...) That helped a lot. Using the peg instead of the bars to steer helped in the sand. Throttle and clutch control helped in soft stuff. And those black culvert crossings were stupidly nerve racking on the big bike at speed but they got better as the day went on. I did go down once and the lesson learned was don't look at the rider ahead of you too much. Keep a safe distance and focus on your lines. I got caught watching the rider in front of me dance through soft sand only to find myself in the same stuff and dealing with a low tree branch. I think I grabbed a handful of the front break and lost it immediately. Lesson learned. Also we rode through a lot of puddles. Some pretty large and deep. Smaller bikes did a good job going around or cutting the edges but with the big bike I choose to plow right through when it looked like the best option. I think it was the right call because towards the end of the day I tried riding the edge of one only to get spun to the left hard and come out it on the other side of the road. Luckily still on two wheels. Anyways, because of the cold and the previous nights rain I had a layer of Goretex sock on. It probably saved my day because my boots were soaked but my feet stayed dry. Very grateful for that in the cold. I highly recommend these - https://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Mens-11-Gore-Tex-Socks/dp/B00DBLN0NY Look forward to hearing from the rest of you.