This past Sunday (the 17th) I wanted to get out and ride some fun tracks solo, giving me time to stop and take photos and ride at a nice relaxed pace. The latter did get out of hand a few times when I did my best to get the Himalayan repeatedly airborne, probably higher than I have previously just given my growing control and comfortability on this machine. I started off with the typical run up Sage Ridge and once I hit 371 chose to head back West to catch High Point Road to Palomar Divide. On this stretch there’s a hard bypass that I’ve always been tempted to give a go but as I have no idea if it connects, I typically avoided it. Well, I gave it a try this time around and it shortens the ride a good bit – albeit by scaling a 50-degree slab of uneven decomposed granite. Going up requires momentum and body position, and even then, the front of the bike gets very light. I enjoyed it so much that I looped around to ride it twice! On the way up Palomar I took the fun way up – a technical and flowy section of mixed single and double track that ascends the first 600ft over a couple miles to the forest road. I found out about this stretch on our snow ride and my only regret is that I didn’t know about it sooner. After this section I tried my best to ride smart and take my time. Apart from passing a few folks in various 4WDs, the ride up was typical. I did end up behind a gal on her TW200 which was cool to see, and at the very top I passed a group of 3 larger ADV bikes coming back down. At the top I took my time and enjoyed the scenery as best as one can (hard not to, frankly.) Just as I got ready to head back down, the TW200 rider made it to the top. We chatted briefly and as she wasn’t abundantly familiar with the loop, I also gave her some basic directions on how to get down to Warner Springs and loop around. I then headed down and did just that – only I looped over to East Grade Road and up Palomar. After stopping briefly at the lookout over Lake Henshaw and chatting with a gent who had many questions about the Himalayan (he even asked to sit on it which I gladly obliged. A shock since he was on a gorgeous Aprilia) I shot back up the mountain I had summited less than an hour prior only to go right back down Nate Harrison. Visibility was incredible, allowing me to see into Mexico and the sun glistening off the Pacific. I made it home just in time to see my wife off to work and then get down to the garage to start straightening things out pre-move. Later that night Jesse reached out suggesting we get together for one more ride Monday night. The plan was to ride over to the fun route at the base of Palomar and get some solid footage of us thrashing around on Himalayans. In the process, my rear rack managed to get a bit tweaked. I'd explain how, but it's easier if I let the video do the talking here. On the way back down, Jesse asked if I'd slow down a bit as it would be better for the camera. These are admittedly words I never thought I'd hear him utter to me haha Anyhow, that about wraps up my SoCal adventures unless I happen to make tomorrow night's Hump Day ride. That's still up in the air but I'll try my best. Next ride I post will be back in NorCal so expect a change of scenery! Cheers ladies and gents.