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Pushing the limits

Sylvie V.

Surpassing oneself !

Leave with the video of its exploit !

The Village Flottant in Pressac

How surprised I was to find myself at the foot of the viaduct at L'Isle Jourdain when I removed the blindfold which had covered my eyesuntil then. The day of my hen party was indeed an extraordinary experience.

After a night in the Village Flottant in Pressac and a most peaceful awakening, here we were on the road, my 7 friends and I, determined to make this day an unforgettable one.

How surprised I was to find myself at the foot of the viaduct at L'Isle Jourdain when I removed the blindfold which had covered my eyesuntil then. The day of my hen party was indeed an extraordinary experience.

After a night in the Village Flottant in Pressac and a most peaceful awakening, here we were on the road, my 7 friends and I, determined to make this day an unforgettable one.

The impressive viaduct

We reached the bungee jumping location around 11am and I watched the Oxygène 40 team get everything ready at the top of the impressive viaduct. Even though I had never been there before, I had heard about this location and I knew that here people leapt into the void. The height of the structure made a great impression on me, although I didn’t show it… and I started to get anxious. My friends told me that my appointment was set for 2pm.

After taking a couple of pictures, we left for l’Isle Jourdain town centre. We went to the restaurant called “l’Esprit” to share a delicious meal.

The fateful hour was getting closer and we headed towards the Vienne valley where the first test was waiting for me: climbing the viaduct! During the climb I realized how amazing this valley was, both in terms of its landscape and of the activities available. Indeed, just a few metres away we could observe people water skiing; we could see pedalos, a zip line, an adventure course with giant zip lines and, of course, the activity I had booked: bungee jumping.

Safety instructions ...

After filling out the necessary forms authorising my jump, Cyrille fitted me with a harness and ankle and shoulder straps. I was asked to kindly wait a few moments, so I took this opportunity to join my friends a few metres away and capture the moment with some good photos and videos. The girls then decided to split into two groups: one group to stay with me at the top of the viaduct, and the second group to go down and enjoy the jump from below.

I also used this waiting time to observe the other courageous jumpers. I've always loved the feel of adrenaline and thrills, but at that point I was really apprehensive. This didn't last very long because I was then asked to join a group of about ten people equipped just like me and all waiting for the fateful moment. Romain then gave us our safety instructions and some useful advice for a successful dive into the void. I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere - everyone was talking and laughing; the young Oxygène 40 team really had a great sense of humour which lightened the mood.

Adrenalin !

It made me feel better, and that was just as well because I was next in line. I found myself at the edge of the viaduct and the team told me to climb onto the first step of a 3-step ladder so they could secure the bungee. I felt dizzy and uncertain about crossing the last two steps to reach the edge of the viaduct, but felt I couldn't go back at that point. I climbed up, didn't look down, jumped and shouted to get rid of all that adrenalin.

In all my life, I have never felt another rush like that. When I was in the boat that took me back to the banks of the river Vienne, I felt a sense of pride. I was reunited with my friends who were very impressed by my performance, and we climbed back up the viaduct one last time to collect my lovely diploma! I will certainly come back to share this moment with my future husband!

Sylvie V.