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canal by boat

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boat trip

a side trip on the river (image by Street View)

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Logbook side trip on canal

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On March 15,  in order to return to my main route, I took a boat trip along a canal.  This area of central France is very wet, dominated by the wetland known as the Marais Poitevin.  The waterways are known as La Venise Verte.  Land has been reclaimed from the wetland to create a labyrinth of waterways and dry land.

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boat trip map

my side trip, including a trip by boat (map from Google Earth)

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At the bridge in Le Gué de Magné, I put myself and my bike into one of the barges along the river and took a trip along the waterway…

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boats along the shore

boats along the shore (image from Street View)

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The boat trip was a relaxing virtual vacation from all the biking I have been doing.  In reality, I ‘simulated’ the boat trip by sitting down for 20 minutes with a book of Monet’s waterlily paintings…

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boat trip

view along the canal from the bridge (image by Street View)

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It reminded me of a real trip I took on a barge at the Upper Canada Village in Ontario last fall…

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barge trip, Upper Canada Village, 2012

barge trip, Upper Canada Village, 2012 … barge was hauled along the river using horse power!

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The biking portion of the trip was along the Route de la Garette…

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water along the Route de la Garette

the Route de la Garette, showing water as a major feature of the landscape

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I loved the view of this old barn and the rustic gates of the farm…

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old barn

old farm (image from Street View)

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'reeds and reflection'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

April 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

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