De Anza Search and Rescue was called late Saturday night to find the man after his off-roading buddies were unable to locate him.
According to Goodell, lost biker Paul Kerzner was camping with a group of friends in Holmes Camp near the San Diego County line.
A number of off-roaders in the group, including two men riding dirt bikes, went for a Memorial Day weekend ride in the Superstition dunes. When they became spooked by the heat and the soft sand they headed back to camp.
Two men, Kerzner and a friend, veered from the rest of the group and headed north.
Kerzner didn't come back.
After he ran out of gas near San Sebastian Swamp, Kerzner's friend left him, rode back to camp to get gas and rounded up people to find Kerzner and take him the gas.
When they couldn't find him they called the Imperial County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office called the De Anza squad.
Awakened about 11 p.m. Saturday, Goodell and the rest of the squad met in Westmoreland shortly thereafter and headed into the desert looking for the man.
Using quads and Jeeps, nine squad members, communicating via radios, criss-crossed the area where the friend told them Kerzner might be.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, De Anza volunteer Myron King found him.
The squad, which included a paramedic, checked Kerzner and gave him some water, then made sure he got back to camp.
Kerzner was "very thirsty," Goodell said.
Goodell added if Kerzner hadn't been found that night he would have been in "serious trouble" the next day.
"He had stayed with the bike, which was clever," Goodell said.
Using the tracks of the bike, the rescue squad narrowed down Kerzner's location.
Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.