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biking log book – virtual bike trip from Sanxay to Exireuil, France #2

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I am in the second phase of my virtual bike trip through central France.  In this phase, I am travelling on my stationary bike from Sanxay to Exireuil, a distance of about 18 km.

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I began my Feb 13 bike ride in Mènigoute, France, a very neat and lovely town.  I saw many trees in blossom since it is spring in Street View.  Most properties are fenced, or surrounded with hedges, and the streetscape is pristine.  Some of the yards have gardens and very tidy compost bins.

'lilacs in Menigoute'

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In the centre of town were two interesting churches.  One, La Chapelle Bouchard, was in Gothic style, with intricate architectural features.  Across the street from the other church was an interesting house with red and green shutters.  Functioning shutters are common on the houses.

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Feb 13 notebook

Feb 13 notebook showing distance travelled and images from Street View

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Log Book:  February 13, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘Mènigoute’ to ‘field near Ètang de Bois Pouvreau’

Distance:  25 minutes      3.3 km

Best view: house with red and green shutters in Mènigoute

Notes:   old oak trees line the roadways and dominate the hedgerows.  In the countryside it is autumn, so I got an early glimpse of fall colour! 

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Distance Travelled Feb 12 to Feb 13 : 6.3 km

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Feb 13 : 20.3 km

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'house with red and green shutters'

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Feb 15 notebook

Feb 15 notebook showing distance travelled and Street View images

Log Book:  February 15, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘field near Ètang de Bois Pouvreau’ to ‘Fomperron’

Distance:  25  minutes     2.5  km

Best view:  mustard field near Fomperron

Notes:   I was stuck behind a haycart for a while!

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Distance Travelled Feb 12 to Feb 15 : 8.8 km

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Feb 15 : 22.8 km

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 'mustard field near Fomperron' 

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

February 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

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  1. Love the mustard field, Jane.

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    dianajhale

    February 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  2. How interesting to have green shutters on one part of the house and red shutters on the other part. I’d want to knock on one of the doors and ask them if the house had been divided into a duplex and each householder wanted their own choice of paint color on the shutters… If only I could speak French!

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    Barbara Rodgers

    February 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    • Hi. You know, I haven’t had to speak French once on my trip. I must stop occasionally and see what the locals think of my virtual biking. The two colors of shutters are interesting! Jane

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      jane tims

      February 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

  3. Oh, my, what charming drawings, Jane.

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    Jane Fritz

    February 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

    • Hi. I’m glad you like them. I am amassing quite a collection of drawings of the French countryside! Jane

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      jane tims

      February 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

      • Without even going there. How cool is that?!

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        Jane Fritz

        February 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      • Hi Jane. I feel like I have actually been to this part of France! Jane

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        jane tims

        February 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

  4. I enjoy your thoughts and observations on this trip. I especially enjoy your own drawings of what you see along the way, or your interpretations of what is there. Lovely blog.

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    Carol Steel

    February 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks! Some of my comments are on the silly side, but I hope it makes reading the post more enjoyable! Jane

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      jane tims

      February 22, 2013 at 8:52 am


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