I was covering the Nevada Rally—a weeklong international off-road competition—and in order to photograph the racers on each day’s point-to-point route, I’d leapfrog them by making time on the highway. Once ahead of the lead rider, I’d spot a suitable random side route—typically a ranch dirt road—and use it to access the course, find a good photo spot, pull my camera gear from my backpack, shoot the racers, and then ride back to the highway and repeat the process. Locating a wide, smooth dirt road late one day, I upshifted to fourth gear and stood on the pegs, scanning the distant foothills in a search for dust—a telltale sign of riders on course. My speed didn’t seem excessive given the lack of terrain obstacles, but when I returned my gaze to the dirt road and spotted the fence, I belatedly remembered that the stock dual-sport tires offered next to no purchase in the conditions. Time to engage damage-control mode.