After leaving the village, we followed the directions sketched on the map by Mme Pierre. Unfortunately, she only sketched the first part, and I was left to my own devices for the rest of it, so before we set off, I had worked out a route which would get us across the plains as far as the Isère river.
At first we rode along footpaths and through fields, but we ended up having to cover a lot of the distance on the roads.
|This was quite a pleasant little track|
|There were the usual pretty little country churches|
|and I loved this field of rape (canola)|
Eventually we were riding on the plains. It was flat. It was very fertile - every inch of ground is either cultivated or is used to raise chickens. There were lots of fruit and nut trees - here Anne and Gigi are passing through a plantation of walnut trees.
Then the Peleton came whizzing by again and brightened our day briefly - they all recognised us, a few of the cyclists waved, and we got big cheery waves from the support crew in the minibus.
Finally we reached the Isère river, and had to cross it on this suspension bridge. There were lots of cars on it when we were crossing it - in fact we caused a bit of a traffic jam!
|We started off in the jagged bit of mountains to the left of the bridge|
We rejoined the proper trail (lucky guess) but were quite surprised to find it partially blocked again, this time with fallen branches. This one was absolutely the lowest we can go under - Anne had to remove Gigi's saddle to enable her to pass underneath.
While removing the Renegade boots, we discovered another problem - Flurry has worn a hole in the toe of one of his hind boots. We now have two holed boots, both of which we have repaired with epoxy resin. We will try out the repairs tomorrow and see how successful they are - if the resin doesn't adhere to the boots, we will have to come up with a new strategy.
We have one spare boot here and another spare in the US which will take at least two days to get to us. The company who make the boots have a one week delay on all orders, so there's no point in doing that - our new boots would arrive here just after we finish Le Big Trek. We could buy a different make of boot here, or we could revert to metal shoes, but neither of us have any confidence in the performance of metal shoes on the sort of rocky terrain we have been covering.
It's a bit problem, and as yet, we have no idea what the solution will be.
My iPhone died shortly before we finished, but we were recording on Anne's phone as well. For the moment, we are guesstimating a total of 33km today, but we'll amend it tomorrow.
Day 14 barbieres to parnans at EveryTrail
The final section:
Parnans at EveryTrail