This week’s photo challenge is about the Achievement of someone we met along the way.
While hiking Pic St. Loup one day this past summer we came across a hiker/biker. Understand that Pic St. Loup is a dauntingly huge mountain in the Hérault Valley, but for some unknown reason we thought they had ‘Disneyfied’ it with wide, smooth walking paths since everyone we came across in southern France, from youngsters to seniors, had talked about hiking Pic St. Loup. So off we went to conquer this montagne.
We reached the peak of the mountain after 2 hours of huffing, puffing, sweating and persevering (because we were too far in to turn back) as I noted in a previous post. We were quite near the peak at that point and as we looked ahead we saw a biker, yes, a man and his vèlo coming down the mountain towards us. Surely they were filming an episode of ‘The Great Race’… but no, he was completely solo. No helicopter dropped his bicycle at the top of Pic St. Loup. He took (dragged, schlepped, rode?) his bike to the top of Pic St. Loup! Quite an achievement.
The views from the top of the mountain were spectacular, and we spent the entire day debating if this hiker was l’athlète du jour or le fou du jour…still not sure.
The ‘path’ up Pic St. Loup
Ah…the path widens
What kind of shoes do you wear to hike over boulders?
We made it! The view from the top was spectacular
Fabulous view almost touching the clouds…all that’s missing up here is my bicycle.
Seriously, how did he get this bike up here?
We’ve photographed it…several times…different kinds of light playing off the mountain.
Lovely from afar, guidebook said the closest you can get is 4 km away…the rest is by foot.
Nah…let’s go take some more pics.
But the guide on our walking tour of Montpellier said, standing on the top of the Arc de Triomphe (they have one also, and she has the keys to the medieval (read steep) steps up)…yes she said standing up there looking over the entire city of Montpellier on one side, quaint French countryside on the other…that is the beloved Pic St. Loup. Cherished mountain of those in Montpellier and the Hérault Valley, watching over our city. The north face is a 90 degree angle straight up, but the south face meanders and is a lovely walk for small children and grandmothers alike.
Ok, I’m in. I fall in between there somewhere.
Wrong. I forgot for a moment that the French are a hardy bunch. And I would like to meet her grandmother!