We had the most fantastic hack today. Weeks ago, way back even before I broke my wrist, I went exploring on foot and found a lovely trail up through some woods to the North of Céreste. I couldn't wait to ride up there, but at that stage, we were still hampered with the wraps on GiGi's front feet, so we were limited to short hacks only. We talked about boxing the horses over there, and then CRUNCH, we all know what happened next!
Finally, nine weeks later, we got to ride our horses up through the woods and it was FANTASTIC! We rode up past the little tree-topped tor that I had seen the very first time I was there, and investigated a couple of trails which seemed to lead somewhere but eventually petered out.
|"My" little tor!|
|GiGi and Anne following up the trail, Luberon Massif in the background|
|One of the trails that petered out|
We back-tracked and continued up to where the cliffs drop away to the valley of the Calavon river. Just across the valley is the pretty town of Viens - that's another place I want to ride, there is a circular horse trail marked on our map which I want to do.
|Flurry admiring the view towards Viens|
The horses weren't the only ones enjoying it! I was beaming from ear to ear as we cantered along - if it was any later in the year, I would have had fly-splatter across my teeth by the time we stopped! I've been waiting a long time for this!
|Hiding the fly-splatter? No, eating a toffee Carambar!|
Looking at the map afterwards, we could see that the trail dropped 300M in about 400M - I think that qualifies as steep!
Eventually, the trail leveled out and we reached a road. We were pretty sure we knew where we were and thankfully we were right! We came out near the Prieurie de Carluc, familiar territory to both us and the horses.
We arrived back in La Florentine shortly after six - just over three hours after we left - tired but very happy!
So why the frustration? If I hadn't broken my wrist, we would have done this hack weeks ago. By now, we would have ridden along the top of the Luberon, trekked via Montfuron to Pierrevert in the valley on the other side of the Luberon, followed the trail along the top of the Gorge d'Oppedette and explored the horse trails around Viens and "Colorado de Provence" at Rustrel.
Today was Anne's last ride before she leaves to drop the car and the dogs home. When she comes back, we'll have just three days riding locally before we leave to start Le Big Trek. There are just so many wonderful places we won't get to, so many trips we won't do.
Yes, we're frustrated.
PS. Here's the Everytrail map. I'm going to have to tweak my settings again, it's not sampling frequently enough now.
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