After carrying our massive bags down many stairs we go to start day 4; yes it was the new best day ever. We started our day with Julia and she was explaining to us the trails ahead ‘a bit ungulated guys’. Apparently, I made the face of oblivion and Sean explained it to me in a single hand gesture… oh right… that…
But we couldn’t stop smiling, ungulated meant something we were actually good at. It felt like we grew into the riding and we were in great shape to ride too.
By this time our little group was a well-oiled machine, we had our own order of putting the bikes on the bike rack. Inside jokes and smirks. But this one comment from Michael made me laugh so hard… I didn’t know someone could be classified as “Mad as a box of frogs”… still funny.
We finished our morning session in the iconical village of Roubion. A tiny village (about 125 people) and quite ancient, but spectacularly build within the mountains. Roubion was also the inspiration of the Juliana Bicycles new bike Roubion (the women’s ‘Bronson’), the bike that our guide Julia also rides. We now have an intense fascination for this bike… a deep feeling of need. We NEED one.
Are we there yet?
After lunch Julia said Ash would take us up to the longest stage of the Trans Provence, I can’t remember if she said it was also the hardest stage. OMG doesn’t begin to describe how hard this stage is.
It was an insane puzzle on the bike trying to keep the wheels rolling was often the biggest issue. I was riding on trails that seemed so deserted, I was afraid I had taken the wrong trail and was lost all by myself. But of course, we survived the stage and got our mandatory beer as a reward afterwards.