I was hoping that the fire's would be contained before we get there. I guess we'll see. I've been re routed on the AZBDR as well as the IDBDR for fires. That said, I have never seen a fire crew or forest service crew on any trip. Hell, you three will comprise the most people I've seen at one time on ANY BDR! I did run into a National Park Ranger gal on a mountain bike when I was doing the UTBDR. 20 miles from anywhere, by herself, wearing a Park Service bicycle kit. She made that kit look GOOD! I think I like doing the Back Country rides more than anything is the self reliance, and the need to be flexible in the ride. Weather it's taking an alternate route due to terrain, fires or what not. Oddly enough, I have seen very little in the way of wildlife, almost none. And fortunately, I have seen very few people. I fear people WAY more than wildlife. I'm curious if my mind set will remain the same. In the past, being solo, I've been conservative with speeds and how I approached various sections. I didn't want to break the bike, or me for that matter, still don't actually. But, riding with a group and having "helpers" will be a nice change. And Bubba is a lot more relaxed knowing I'll be with company.