… or maybe it’s simply that failure is not an option.
Sometimes I think the Universe has a sense of humour. I can imagine the Universe thinking ‘Joanne is feeling a little too smug and sure of herself today. It’s time to make it interesting‘.
Today was Day 3 on the Petit Train du Nord trail in Quebec. It was the day with the longest distance to cover and included a 10+ km climb at the very beginning. I have been fretting about Day 3 since March when I booked my reservations. I was assured that the climb was gradual and easy to do.
Riiiiight. I’ve been lied to before and therefore I prefer to withhold judgement on what is ‘easy’. The words ‘long’ and ‘climb’ made this one suspect.
So early this morning with steely determination, I got on my bike, found a comfortable gear and settled in for the long climb.
By the 8 km mark I was actually smiling. It was perfect weather for cycling, the sky was brilliant blue, and this climb WAS completely doable. I was spinning happy.
That’s when the Universe intervened.
It tossed in a detour.
The trail was closed ahead … and the detour route made my heart sink.
It pointed to a road on the right that went straight up.
I’m talking SERIOUS climbing … none of this gradual, easy stuff. It was 2 km of heart-pounding, leg-wobbling, soul-destroying hell. Did I mention I’m in the Laurentian mountains?
At the top of this ‘hill’ was a left-hand turn. Guess which direction it went?
That’s right … more ‘up’. By the time I got back on the trail, my GPS said I had travelled 4 km – ALL of it UP.
But everyone knows that what goes up, must eventually come back down and that was the reward. The long steady descent went on for miles and miles and miles.
It was glorious.
It was a day of rich forests, rushing rivers (play video here), and giving my fractured French a serious workout with a fellow cyclist who wanted company (sounds like me yesterday) but didn’t speak English.
It was a day of mountains of rock, and the most unusual signs I’ve ever seen … more on that one in a future post.
The Universe sent me a curve ball today, but I caught it and carried on.