biking log book – virtual bike trip from Sanxay to Exireuil, France #1
On February 12, I began the second phase of my virtual bike trip through central France. In this phase, I plan to travel on my stationary bike from Sanxay to Exireuil, a distance of about 18 km.
One of the first features I encountered on my trip from Sanxay to the town of Mènigoute were mysterious plantations of trees. Street View shows lines of mature hardwood trees, leafless since the photos were taken in early spring. In the branches of the trees were green branchy spheres.
I was very puzzled at first, but some thinking solved the mystery. The spheres are of mistletoe, a hemi-parasitic plant. Mistletoe is known for its medicinal uses and as a symbol of good luck and fertility. Kissing under the mistletoe is a familiar Christmas tradition. To learn more about mistletoe, and to see some photos of mistletoe plantations, see the website http://naturalmedicines.hubpages.com/hub/Mistletoe
Encountering a mistletoe plantation during my virtual bike trip was truly rewarding!!!!
Log Book: February 12, 2013
Area travelled: from ‘just west of Sanxay’ to ‘Mènigoute’
Distance: 30 minutes 3.0 km
Best view: plantation of hardwood mistletoe! also, lilacs in bloom in Mènigoute!
Notes: I also passed an area of archaeological interest… the Gallo-Roman ruins west of Sanxay - these include a Gallo temple, the Sanxay baths and a Roman amphitheatre.
Distance Travelled Feb 12 : 3.0 km
Total Distance Travelled Jan 30 to Feb 12 : 17.0 km
Have you ever seen a plantation of mistletoe??
Copyright Jane Tims 2013