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poetry and prose about place

asking for directions 5-12

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On May 15, I completed Phase 5 of my virtual bike trip through central France!

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As a life-long avoider of exercise, it is hard for me to believe I have kept this up for almost 4 months.  I have cycled a total of 155 km on my stationary bike.  And, although I have never been to France, I feel like I have explored the landscape of part of central France.

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Rue de l'Ocean

Rue de l’Ocean (image from Street View)

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Day 5-12 1 map

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Believe it or not, this was the first time I actually got lost on my virtual bike trip.  The Rue de l’Océan in  Nieul-sur-Mer is narrow and seems to go forever, taking twists and turns.  It is easy to take the wrong turn when you are moving along in Street View …

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Part of my difficulty – I asked these chickens for directions.  They did their best, clucking at me.  I don’t speak chicken, so I must have misunderstood, and zigged when I should have zagged …

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I also asked a fellow cyclist for directions, but he was late for his work (he carried his work tools behind him in a little cart), and in a bit of a hurry.  Although he tried to point me in the right direction, I didn’t really understand his local accent …

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In the end, I found my way by following the direction of the clouds in the mackerel sky …

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Best View: Rue de l’Océan …

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'Rue de l'Ocean'

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This completes Phase 5 of my journey.  In Phase 6, I will reach the Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay) and travel across a huge bridge to the island of Ré.  If you love the ocean as much as I do, stay with me and follow along on your own virtual bike!!!!

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Phase 6 map

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

June 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

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  1. Well done, Jane! Perhaps now we know why the chicken crossed the road. She was lost. 🙂

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    Robin

    June 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

  2. Well done Jane! Very inspiring 🙂 Note to self: never trust a chicken for directions 😉 Keep up the great work!

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    JaJaLoree@yahoo.ca

    June 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

  3. This post made me laugh. Getting lost is part of travel for me; I’ve learned to accept those side journeys. Reaching the ocean will be exciting.

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    Carol Steel

    June 7, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • Hi Carol. Chickens do not give good directions. I saw the ocean for real this past weekend. I sat on the real beach and pretended I was on Ile de Re! Jane

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      jane tims

      June 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm


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