poetry and prose about place

biking log book – Day #7 – a diamond in a tree!

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I am still continuing on the third phase of my virtual bike trip through central France.  For Phase 3 of my trip, I am biking in 12 days from Exireuil to Magné just west of Niort.  As of March 1st, I was over half way there!


Unfortunately, all of the trip of March 1 was along a railroad track!

train track!

It was bumpy and boring.  Big fields, no houses, few trees to give me shade and no Street View images.

Day 7 map showing side trip

Day 7 map showing side trip (marked A to B) (map from Google Earth)

So I did what all virtual bikers are able to do.  I ‘flew’ a little to the south and followed a route from Villeneuve to Le Pont d’Homme, along two country roads: Rue du Moulin and Rue du Marteau.

Rue du Moulin

Rue du Moulin (image from Street View)


These were hilly, winding country roads, bounded by small fields and interesting fences.


Log Book:  March 1, 2013

Area travelled:   from ‘east of Chavagné’ to ‘field south of Trévins-le-Bas’

Distance:  30 minutes      3.0 km

Best view:  vine-covered gate on Rue du Marteau

Notes:  I have discovered that most yellow fields in this part of France are Colza (Brassica rapa), a relative of Turnip, grown for oil.  


'gate on Rue du Marteau'


I saw a runner in the Rue du Marteau…




We had a brief conversation (please excuse my poor French!):

Jane: Bonjour! (Hello!)

Runner: Lentement, Madame, lentement!  Tu manques tout le paysage!  (Slowly, Madame, slowly! You are missing all the countryside!)

Jane (able to see the future):  Tu dois courir plus vites!  Il y a un diamant dans l’arbre tout droite! (You’ve got to run faster!  There’s a diamond in a tree straight ahead!)


diamond in tree

diamond in tree on Rue du Marteau (look closely – probably a drop of water on the Street View camera!) (image from Street View)


Distance Travelled Feb 21 to Mar 1: 21.0 km  (210 minutes of stationary biking)

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Mar 1 :  52.8 km  (535 minutes of stationary biking)


Do you think diamonds grow on trees in France?? 


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

March 15, 2013 at 7:01 am

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  1. hi Jane, I echo Carol’s comment above… what a fun and creative idea, of a virtual bike trip through France! and as always, your drawings never fail to charm…. bisous! leigh



    March 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    • Hi Leigh. Thanks! I’m glad you like my drawings… I look forward to doing them. So far, this idea for motivating me to exercise is working!! Jane


      jane tims

      March 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  2. We are enjoying your trip, your drawings especially. I laughed when I read this post. Thank you.


    Carol Steel

    March 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

    • Hi Carol. I’m glad you are enjoying my journey! I wish diamonds did grow in trees! Jane


      jane tims

      March 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

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