Last month, on our last day in Canada, we did our imitation of the flying bicycles scene from the movie ET. Vélo Volant is a tourist attraction located near Sutton, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. It is located high up on the slopes of Au Diable Vert (the Green Devil), a mountain camping resort, just a mile north from Vermont. It is like a zip line, but lasts a lot longer. We took thirty minutes to complete the circuit and we were rushing it. This flying bike like thing allows you to soar through the treetops in a suspended recumbent bicycle. In the Vélo Volant you pedal through the forest canopy, up to 100’ above the ground. It was a hot day, well into the nineties, which must have accounted for some of my perspiring, but I was also suspiciously eyeing the cable that I was suspended from. Would it hold?
We were warned not to be alarmed by any noises that they were all normal sounds, but it was hard not to be. Guy-wires attached to trees are used to suspend the cable every 50’ as it wound through the treetops. Going through one of these attachment points was always a challenge, both physically and mentally. You had to get a running start to make it over each of these local maxims and there were always strange noises involved. In some places where the trail turns a corner, bent steel plates guide the wire, the bike and you around a tree. These points always seemed the most perilous. Overall, the trail was relatively flat and pedaling was easy. We went more crisscross, back-and-forth around the mountain than up-and-down it. We ended up where we had begun, so there was no net elevation change. Looking down to the forest floor from such a height was thrilling. Once it was over, we both felt exhilarated and rather proud of ourselves for having dared and accomplished this activity.