Very interesting account.
When I was out west in the past, I did not ride without water, even on the street.
You were really asking for it, riding a big bike in the dirt, alone.
Its easy to get hurt on big bikes in the dirt.
Getting stuck and walking out is not a big deal, imagine you had broken bones...
I ride solo 99.9% of the time, and had my big bike in the dirt moment.
I was lucky in that some other riders came along, very unlikely except that there was an enduro the next day.
I got rid of the big bike...