I believe life should be a challenge, forcing you live out your every moment and passion. When life is easy it becomes lazy. When life is lazy, life then becomes boring and more is wanted out of it. The best way to get more out of life is to challenge yourself. Step outside of comfort zones and learn like an animal. Raw, instinctual life beckons pleasure and creates happy, meaningful time on this planet.
Yesterday I decided to go for a ride up another mountain. It didn’t seem to big, until I realized that it was quite a lot of uphill. I stood determined and ready for a day of climbing from Ganges, France to the peak of Mt. Aigouli. The road turned out to be around 50 kilometers of uphill reaching to an elevation of 1,555 meters. That is easily the biggest climb of this trip!
The climb really was a lot of uphill, but it also had a lot of “ups”. I’ll start with this up. On June 30th I am scheduled for a hip replacement which part terrifies me and part excites me. Even in the midst of becoming bionic, I rode up a grueling 50 kilometer climb. Up number 2 comes from the vast beauty of the Chevennes mountains in France. Looking out surrounded by mountains, passing creeks all pouring downhill into a river, climbing up its winding roads. Number 3 is the road I traveled. It was quiet. I think I only saw no more than 20 cars on the entire road. That meant I got to show my pain face to the sky and trees and not the passing cars. The last up is defying. I asked directions twice on the road. Once from a circus guy… and the other from two cyclists. Both times they looked at me in awe as I told them what road I wanted to travel. Both had their hands up, fingers pointed up, and shaking heads laughing at the mountains I was trying to climb. I thought to myself, that’s the point. I want up that mountain and I accept your challenge.
Yesterday was a big day. 70 kilometers with 1,743 meters of up, which is 5,718 feet. It was challenging and I loved every bit. From running out of water, to the perfectly placed cheese, jam, juice shop. I felt light as a feather on top of that mountain as the clouds rolled over its ridge. I almost blew away in the wind, but kept sturdy and finished my day with a smile of pure joy.
Challenge yourself. You will never know your limits until you push them.
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Here’s this reward for making it to the bottom…
Here is the route of the climb on google/maps