Yesterday Jason and I rode up Mueller Park. I got to his place at 6 PM. We changed, loaded up our camelbaks, and drove down to the trailhead. We were on the trail by 6:30. The trail is one of the greats in the area. Smooth hard pack, with a light dusting of old pine needles. The first mile is the real kicker, with a pretty high grade. But after that it becomes much more manageable. We took our time, and made it the 3.6 miles up to Elephant Rock. That's about the same distance as the top of Clark's.

I was feeling pretty decent, so after resting for a while, and chatting with another rider, we continued up towards Rudy's Flat. There were a few sections that were a bit rockier than below, and definitely a lot more roots. We stopped at the 5 mile mark, and made the call to turn around due to the light. So we started booking it back down. Relatively early Jason hit a root to jump it, and hit a rock on the landing, sending him flying off the trail. He kept the bike upright, but went into the trees off the side of the trail.

We kept going down as it got darker, dodging horse crap along the way. At the bottom it was very dark, and compounded by the tree cover, but we made it out and back to the car. We cruised back to Jason's house, and started some chicken for dinner. As it cooked we relaxed our muscles in the hot tub. After dinner was ready we parked it in front of the TV and watched part 2 of the Battlestar Galactica miniseries.

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