Just got back from an awesome day ride/class with Earthrider/Laine MacTague focusing on sand riding. Yesterday I was a sand-fearing wimp on my GS, and today I feel like it's a lot of fun. These are awesome skill building classes for noobs and very experienced riders alike that focus on one important skill per day while riding through SoCal's best scenery and trails. l highly recommend these rides.
Today we rode about 50 miles north of Ojai CA which made the ride out to the trailhead on Hwy 30 one of the sweetest and most scenic twisty roads I've been on in SoCal - and no CHP! We focused on sand riding skills in a wash canyon the entire time we were offroad. Laine's an awesome teacher and ride leader. IMO, everyone interested in learning and improving serious riding skills should take these classes, particularly all those wanna be adventurers with GS's that haven't yet seen the dirt!