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biking log book – Day #5 – gardens, bridges and highways

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


My February 26 bike ride took me from La Crèche to Chavagné.


map Day 5

Day 5 map showing route followed (map from Google Earth)


First, I biked along a country stretch of road lined with stone walls, orchards and gardens…


day 5 walls and gardens along Route de Tressauve

walls and gardens along Route de Tressauve (image from Street View)


I travelled beneath an impressive stone arch train bridge…


'train bridge'


Then I biked for about 15 minutes along the A 10 highway…


along the A 10

along the A 10 … all the lines painted on the road are white … the yellow line is from Street View and shows the path of the camera car … the red line is my bike path


Log Book:  February 26, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘La Crèche’ to ‘east of Chavagné’

Distance:  30 minutes      3.0 km

Best view:  stone arch train bridge

Notes: The A 10 highway was so boring, but it made me pedal faster!  In France, highways are painted with solid and dotted white lines.  In Canada, the painted line between opposing directions of traffic is yellow.  I guess it was not surprising that I strayed to the left side of the road on the highway!


Distance Travelled Feb 21 to Feb 26 : 15.0 km  (150 minutes of stationary biking)

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Feb 26 :  46.8 km  (475 minutes of stationary biking)


How are the highways marked where you live?


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

March 11, 2013 at 7:14 am

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  1. Do you know, I can’t even remember off the top of my head how the lines are marked here in Australia – shows how attentive I am – watch out other drivers!


    Gemma Hawdon

    March 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    • Hi. It’s like people who ask where the good restaurants are at home…. however, do watch those road signs!!! Sometime I am going to do a virtual bike trip to Australia so you’ll definately have to watch the roads then!!! Jane


      jane tims

      March 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  2. very cool !



    March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

  3. I live in Nova Scotia, worst roads in the world. Lines, Ha…. no money for lines! or Roads!

    Further, the cars drive very fast on those European Highways, stay on the bike roads…



    March 11, 2013 at 7:26 am

    • Hi Stan. I hear you. Even on the country roads, the cars whiz by. I drive very slowly and twice have opted (by accident) for the railway or a stream. Jane


      jane tims

      March 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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