I started solo and hooked up with 3 different groups at several different times. Surprising how spread out riders get, theres a lot of space out there.
Funny not seeing anyone for miles and then come up on a group all riding in circles trying to find the correct course.
Have your shit together cuz it's really big out there!
And yes I passed by the sweeper crew after dark coming into Barstow in the last bit of a steep axle deep sand climb.