GORC reunited with an old friend from St. Louis, Ken Keister, and we all headed out for a long ride in the backcountry - this time the famed Doctor Park Loop. This 20+ mile ride consisted of a steady gravel road climb and turned to a steeper pitched jeep road before leveling out in the Black Forest.
Then the fun began. The next 12 or so mile consisted of every type of downhill imaginable - jacked up rocky lines, buff decomposed granite dips and berms, creek crossings, severe-consequence exposure and a final hair-raising, brake-smoking, bar-bending, fork-seal-blowing, spoke-torquer of a descent - something like 10 switchbacks dropping down what appeared to be a sheer rock face all the way down to the cars.
Thank goodness it all ended with some local suds ... and no one got killed.
The big group readies for the big ride.
Rob on the gravel road up to the sky.
The big kinda deep creek crossing had everyone walking
The crew paused at the split onto the jeep road before
it really headed uphill
Ross and Jason SSing for the hell of it
Camera photos never really capture the depth or
grade. Here, everyone is suffering.
The last push before entering the Dark Forest. It always
seems wet in the Black Forest.
Bryan and Ken examine ride options. Of course, the lengthier
option was selected!
Panorama of the guys taking a break
1x1 Crush Train riding the extra 3 miles of mountain top grasslands.
Stopping to breathe before the Descent of descents.
Here, drink this.
OK, but I'm also jumping in the river.