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biking log book – virtual bike trip from Exireuil, France to Magne – Day #1

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On February 21, I began the third phase of my virtual bike trip through central France.  For Phase 3 of my trip, I plan to bike in 12 days from Exireuil to Magné just west of Niort.


Although the first two phases of my trip have been a success, I have encountered two problems:

1. the time it takes to print the maps and views and scan them for the notebook, and

2. the ink it has taken to print out enough views to make the trip more interesting.


With some trial and error, I have found a solution.  I have gone digital.  To save time, I am now using my Flash Drive and a portable computer.

1. I now prepare my trip by saving the Street View images to a file on my Flash Drive (USB portable drive).  I don’t print the images and this saves ink.  I can also save as many Street View images as I want to represent the trip.

2. I transfer the images to my small computer via its USB port.  You could use a laptop, but I have an inexpensive ASUS Eee PC my son gave me several years ago.  It is just the right size to put on the book shelf of my stationary cycle.

small PC and notebook on the book shelf of my stationary bike

small PC and notebook on the book shelf of my stationary bike

3. If my small computer is not available, I can also use my SONY S-Frame (a digital Photo Display unit).  It also has a USB port and it cycles through the photos or lets me view them one by one.

4. When I begin my bike ride, I just turn on the PC, call up the USB drive and look at the photos one at a time, or in a slide show.  I also save an image of the Google Map so I can follow along at my rate of  ’10 minutes equals 10 km’.

view of Street View map on PC

view of Street View map on PC – thin red line represents the path I am following – this is generated in Street View of Google Earth

5.  I miss my ‘notebook’ version, so I do print out a map and a memento image of my bike trip on a given day.

6.  I can easily use the images on my PC to do my drawings!


Day 1 map

Day 1 map (from Google Earth) showing distance travelled

Log Book:  February 21, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘outskirts of Exireuil’ to ‘center of Exireuil’

Distance:  30 minutes      3.0 km

Best view: two people out working in their very tidy garden

Notes:  Not at all the rural landscape of my earlier biking.  I saw apartment buildings and a roundabout for the first time on my trip.  I got lost and went around the roundabout eight times before I found the right road!!!! 


Day 1 apartment buildings

apartment building in Exireuil (image from Google Street View)


Distance Travelled Feb 21 : 3.0 km

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Feb 21 :  34.8 km


'gardeners in Exireuil'


When you bike, do you prefer rural or urban areas??  


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

March 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

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  1. What an interesting way to travel Jane. I love it!
    I also would always rather ride in a rural area its much more scenic and I’m not comfortable riding with all the cars in the city



    March 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    • Hi. As I bike through France (!), I’m encountering more urban areas – the houses are more modern and it is not so charming as in the rural areas. Jane


      jane tims

      March 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

  2. An interesting blend of the virtual and the real, Jane!


    Watching Seasons

    March 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    • Hi. Thanks! I hope it is easy to see what is real and what is just in my imaginaton! Jane


      jane tims

      March 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  3. Hi Jane! I found you in “blog land” about a month ago and have been following your bike trip these past couple of weeks. Just thought I’d write a little “Hello” to let you know I’m out here and living vicariously through your lovely journey in France. This year is the 1st time in about 10 years that we haven’t gone someplace warm for March break, so I may just use your ingenious idea in some form when the weather starts getting to me (which it most definitely will) in a couple of weeks ….. thanks for making me smile 🙂



    March 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    • Hi Loree. Thanks for commenting. I am so glad you are liking my virtual travels! Your ‘hello’ is so welcome. Let me know what place you choose to visit!!! Jane


      jane tims

      March 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  4. Rural. Always. I haven’t the slightest interest in cities unless they consist of quaint, photogenic old buildings, and then preferably on a Sunday morning with no people and no traffic.



    March 1, 2013 at 7:10 am

    • Hi. You would love Street View because traffic and people are few and far between. Rural for me too! Jane


      jane tims

      March 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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