I am really glad I geared the bike down with a 45 tooth rear sprocket. The trail gets steeper and looser before it gets easier. I think I might be close to stalling a couple times trying to navigate steep root and rock steps but the bike just keeps chugging.
When finally I reach an area with room to turn around I think I might as well keep going. My foot hurts but riding isn’t making it hurt any worse. If I’m going to be forced off the bike to recover, I might as well finish out this ride.