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

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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.


Today I (virtually) biked 3.0 km of a very straight stretch of road between Exireuil and Azay-le-Brûle.  The first part of the road was in the town.  I saw a McDonald’s … looked like the ones at home … but I did not stop in for a burger and fries!!!!

Day 2 map

The second part of the road was a pleasant boulevard lined with trees.

day 2 tree lined


Log Book:  February 22, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘center of Exireuil’ to ‘Azay-le-Brûle’

Distance:  30 minutes      3.0 km

Best view: white house with archway to inner court – door and gate were painted bright purple!

Notes:  boulevard was lovely, but lots of litter in ditches


'purple door'


Distance Travelled Feb 21 to Feb 22 : 6.0 km  (60 minutes of stationary biking)

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Feb 22 :  37.8 km  (385 minutes)


What do you think of the idea of using just a touch of color on doors, gates and windows to add curb appeal ?  


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

March 4, 2013 at 7:11 am

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  1. Didn’t I tell you that you’d get the finger now and then? I’m sure you’ve learned a few expletives in french by now …. The bike lane doesn’t look too big …



    March 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    • Hi. The nice thing about a virtual bike trip is, I don’t take anything personally. If the people I see seem to be interested in me (or peeved at me), it’s because they are really curious or concerned about the Street View car driving by. As for my French vocabulary, I am having enough trouble reading the signs so I won’t get lost (even in Street View, you occasionaly find yourself off the trail you intended), so no time to learn colorful landguage! Jane


      jane tims

      March 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      • P.S. I have had some specific interactions with folk I see along the way. Stay tuned to for Day #4 of my trip to hear about my exchange with a fellow cyclist! Jane


        jane tims

        March 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

  2. You have been very lucky so far that you have not had a flat nor been run off the road by a speeding car. As you continue your journey we wish you safety. Are you wearing reflective jackets and helmets.


    Stan Spavold.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • Hi Stan. I have had some close calls. For some reason I keep thinking I should drive on the left side, so occasionally I find myself sharing the road with oncoming traffic. I hadn’t thought about the helmet, but that would likely be wise. My real bike helmet has cobwebs and spiders in it from disuse! Jane


      jane tims

      March 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

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