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The Wall of Dirt

Today I rode to Walloon (west of Ipswich) via D’Aguilar National Park with some friends from MTBDirt.com.au.

One of the highlights of the ride was the “King of the Hill” contest to see who could ride furthest up a terrible hill we’ve dubbed “The Wall of Dirt”. Tony (“Darb”) won the contest narrowly but he only managed to get part way up the start of this hill, and everyone else didn’t even make that.
The Wall of Dirt
After that, we all had to scramble up the Wall, pushing our bikes.

Banks Creek Road
After finally getting out of the mountains, the trail dropped us out in the middle of Banks Creek – a farming area nestled in among the hills, with miles of dirt roads.

Chasing the Pack
There were 15 of us in all. With a large group it was difficult to keep everyone together. If you look carefully, you can see the “Pack” of riders off in the distance with a couple of the other riders chasing them.

Bikes at the Shop
Parking space for the bikes was limited once we got to the Fernvale Bakery.

The food and drinks hardly touched the sides on the way down.

Mountain Biking Mates
Thanks everyone for a great ride. I really enjoyed spending the day with you.

I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful place.

All up, almost 90km with about 1,750m of vertical ascent, and about 4,750 kcal burned.

It was a hot day, and the Wall of Dirt was really tough, so I’m giving this one 9 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.

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