I'm down in Anza Borrego for a few days riding my xt250 and generally goofing around. Today was my third day riding dirt. Decided to go up Rockhouse Canyon, it's near where I'm staying, got a late start today and I've driven and back packed the road and remembered it as being pretty easy. Started out really nice, gravel past open camping, across Clark Dry Lakebed and then up the canyon. Took a little bit to get used to the shallow sand again (where there is 2 - 5 inches on a hard road), but figured it out again pretty fast. Then I hit the part of the canyon I didnt remember........at all......... SAND, the kind that has no bottom......:huh. Argh, how far up the canyon does this go?! :eek1 Pretty far..... Went into leg paddling mode - geez that is an ab workout and a half when you're going uphill! Finally took a food and water break and perused the geology. Looks like if I get around this corner I'll be off the deep stuff, much higher than the wash. OK , keep going. More sand, mixed with grapefruit rocks......come up to a short rock covered staircase and think " this won't be bad, I'll just keep my feet down". Worked fine until the back tire got stuck between a couple of rocks..... I get off, jiggle the front end in another direction and walk the bike up with the throttle. By this time I am completely pooped out. But, damnit, I'm going to get to the top of the canyon! I hit another, shorter rocky uphill bit, get a little ways up and splat. My head is downhill and I decide that it's kind of nice laying there watching the pretty clouds...... Takes a bit of doing, I made a big mistake and let myself get over tired - which I know better to not do, got the bike upright and stand there for a bit marveling at just how aerobic a sport this is... I'm pooped so my balance is shot, time to head back down. Lots easier ride back, downhill through deep sand, much nicer with gravity on your side! I did my duck paddling thing with my feet in the really deep stuff and kept repeating my mantra of keep your weight back moron and steer with your body. Damage: bent brake lever. Was able to straighten a tiny bit so useable. Tried hitting it with a rock, but didn't help. Slightly bent in rear brake peg, was able to pull out a little back at the motel. Small scrape on plastics. We fell on a granite boulder... No witnesses Had a great time . I'm going to be frickin sore tomorrow, but nice ride. Got to try out my new Sidi Crossfire tas and Klim Dakar pants, very happy with both. If you have wide feet don't get the Crossfires, my feet are a normal width and they're just barely fine. Need goggles! I had to take off my sunglasses because they were doing something weird where I couldn't see the road surface very well. I had my visor down, but my eyes were still watering. For a little while I thought that if anybody saw me they would think I was hurt or my dog just died. So, the stats: Three riding days and 2 dumps. only did about 20 dirt miles today, seemed like a lot farther! I'm really looking forward to the Jimmy Lewis class, in the meantime I'll just keep doing my thing, for better or worse! Still lots of fun either way! BTW, if you want a good place to stay in Borrego Springs check The Borrego Springs Motel. It's a restored motel from 1947, the new owners just opened about 7 months ago. It's basic, but super clean, comfortable and a good price. They also allow dogs.