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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.

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

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Day 10 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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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’…

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Avenue de Limoges

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

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There were some interesting architectural surprises…

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narrow office building

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

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And beautiful flower gardens…

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flower garden

flower garden along ramp (image from Street View)

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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…

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uniformed man

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

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

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palm tree

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

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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!!

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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……… 

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a place to buy

a place to buy (image from Street View)

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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)

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

a coffee in Niort'

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

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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…

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    Robin

    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

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      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

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    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

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      jane tims

      March 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm


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