After a short break, we hit the sand for a bit and climbed until the trail changed to gravel again. Nothing terribly challenging here to speak of but it sure was a hell of a lot of fun! We were making good time, not rushing but I don't think we were going slow by anyone's standards.
The trail made a turn off the main track onto a fairly disused trail. I was skeptical at first but trusted the OBCDR track and continued. Rounding a corner suddenly a huge undulating wall of porous black stone appeared beside the trail. A lava flow!
A flow this tall was pretty cool to see up close!
Looking completely out of place, big pines grew right out of the rock -
we kept riding up and found a better vantage point.
The flow was massive!
The trail is visible in the bottom right of the flow in this pic.
We had to keep moving, though we didn't really know where we'd be staying for the night. The trail continued to become more remote :)