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Throwback Thursdays: A Shady Forest and a Bloody Elbow

I’m going two years back for this Throwback Thursdays featuring a session of Oregon riders on a curvy road outside of Portland. Noah Throckmorton, Emmet White, Colby Looney, among a few others, and I went out skating on a local favorite. This session didn’t end too well for Noah Throckmorton, but it was our constant reminder of the dangers of riding open roads.

We call this road, “Maryhill on Crack”. I love this road because of the fast banked curves that cut through a beautiful forest. The contrast when the sun comes through the trees create a difficult scene to photograph. I decided to work with that contrast and shot a few photos, planning to convert them to black and white. I was very pleased with the results, which is why I’m throwing it back to this PDX session from 2014.

Sun shines through the thick forest. The hill gets so little sun, it takes days or even weeks of no rain to dry the road sometimes.

Sun shines through the thick forest. The hill gets so little sun that it takes days or even weeks of no rain in order for the road to dry up.

Emmet White and Colby Looney dip into a sunny patch on a shady run.

Emmet White and Colby Looney dip into a sunny patch on a shady run.

The beautiful Pacific Northwest forest.

The beautiful Pacific Northwest forest.

Noah Throockmorton stares down the driver of a convertible as he approaches a corner. Cars are a constant threat.

Noah Throockmorton stares down the driver of a convertible as he approaches a corner. Automobiles are a constant threat for donwhill skateboarders.

Emmet and Colby follow relatively closely, but can't keep up with Noah's speed tuck and weight.

Emmet and Colby follow relatively closely, but can’t keep up with Noah’s speed tuck and weight.

Two years can be a long time ago, especially when your a kid. Emmet White is now in high school and is growing up fast, but in this series you can see how the youngin’ has been riding with the “big boys” for a while now. He handled this open road session with caution, progressing his skills while staying safe. Noah Throckmorton, on the other hand, was out in the lead on his last run that day when a van was stopped in the road in front of him. He was pushing his limits, trying to go faster through a final left off-camber sweeper when he saw the van. With little time to react, he slid off the road and cut open his forearm at the elbow. Luckily, that was the only damage received and he just needed stitches to hold the skin together while it healed.

The crew at the bottom hears the story of the crash.

The crew at the bottom hears the story of the crash.

Bloody elbow.

Bloody elbow.

Wash your wounds as soon as you can.

Wash your wounds as soon as you can.

If you have a cut that looks like this, you probably need stitches.

If you have a cut that looks like this, you probably need stitches.

At the bottom, Noah cleaned up his wounds with some water before getting stitched up at a clinic. We all thanked our lucky stars for staying safe and living to ride another day.

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