I ride solo alot and theres just somthing about it that i love.I take the solo rides real slow and just practice good technique.Glad you had a good ride! I've met people several times from my area when I was out riding sort of far from home. It is a small world indeed! As far as solo ride in the forest? not smart! And I say that being an idiot who sometimes rides alone also. I have come so close to heading up there alone, but so far I've stopped myself from doing it. Was one of the people you rode with named Cliff? Just thought I'd ask since IT IS such a small world after all! I havent yet been up Tejon this year.
I'd love to head up to the forest after a monsoon. I wonder if we will get any before fall. Just smelling the pine trees at this point makes me happy
I do take some precautions when alone
1. My wife has a trail map highlighted with my usual route and knows to call the ranger station if she has not heard from me by a predetermined time
2.I always have my cell phone
3.I bring plenty of water and some basic provisions incase I'm there a while or need to hike
4. I don't ride anything I don't know
5.Like stated above I just take it easy
I still would not say that this makes it safe, but neither is riding motorcycles period.
I actually don't remember the guys names I met up with ,but , if this Cliff that you speak of lives in Castaic, has a teenage son that is super fast, and both of them ride KTM 450's then maybe.
Let me know if you want to head up the mountain some day.