poetry and prose about place

the mystery of the uniformed man – biking log book Day #10

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Welcome to my report for Day #10 of 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.


On March 6, I continued my virtual biking through the city of Niort.


Day 10 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


Niort is a city of older buildings, most 2 or 3 stories in height.  There was lots of traffic but I remembered the sage driving advice … ‘go with the flow’…


Avenue de Limoges

buildings and traffic on l’Avenue de Limoges (image from Street View)


There were some interesting architectural surprises…


narrow office building

narrow building along ramp from highway to city street (image from Street View)


And beautiful flower gardens…


flower garden

flower garden along ramp (image from Street View)


I encountered a mystery as I biked through the streets.  Along the Avenue de Limoges, I saw a man in a uniform and his scooter…


uniformed man

uniformed man and his scooter to the left (image from Street View)


But in the next Street View frame, he had disappeared…


palm tree

where did he go??? (note the palm tree in the yard) (image from Street View)


I think he must have stepped out to talk to the odd-looking ‘Street View camera car’ and then scooted off before the camera commenced its photography!!


Log Book:  March 6, 2013

Area travelled:   ‘in the city of Niort’

Distance:  30 minutes      3.0 km

Notes:   I saw an apartment for sale on la Rue de la Rochelle and thought hmmmmm……… 


a place to buy

a place to buy (image from Street View)


Distance Travelled Feb 21 to Mar 6: 30.0 km  (300 minutes of stationary biking)

Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Mar 6 :  61.8 km  (625 minutes of stationary biking)


Best view:  a lady buying coffee at a shop in Niort

a coffee in Niort'


 Do you think I should have bought that apartment on la Rue de la Rochelle ???


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

March 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

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  1. I haven’t always been commenting, but I’m loving traveling along with you, Jane. I think the fellow might have an interesting story to tell…



    March 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    • Hi Robin. I agree. It’s funny to think the people I ‘meet’ saw a strange car drive by about three years ago, probably didn’t even know it was taking images, and now I am seeing them and making stories about them! Jane


      jane tims

      March 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

  2. Absolutely not…remember how you scared that poor man with your terrible French. That uniformed guy was likely a zombie or ghost


    stan spavold

    March 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    • Hi Stan. Perhaps he was… however, I did not talk to this fellow. I have been careful after my first encounter to make sure the person I address can actually see me. Wait ’til you hear my conversation with the fisherman next week! Jane


      jane tims

      March 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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