After a harrowing drive up, I didn't walk too far down this trail
We live across the highway (N88) from a large forest called "Les Palanges." Even when the girls were younger, though, we seldom drove up there to take walks, although there are many lovely trails.
Last Sunday, the sun came out and melted away the slight snowfall we had had the day before. Roads in our village were dry and clear, and I thought it might be fun to toodle over into the Palanges -- just a few miles away -- and see what the snow situation was.
The snow cover was underwhelming
Without a thought to what the roads might be like, I drove down from our house in Gages-le-Haut, crossed the highway, and blithely headed up the "route d'Agen," a back road that goes up and over part of the Palanges forest and into another village -- Agen, obviously enough if you understand French road names.
Within minutes, all traces of sun were hidden by the trees, and I found myself driving on sheer compact snow and ice, with no choice but to move upward and onwards.
My husband had just told me my snow tires were still fine. I would soon find out.
I grit my teeth, kept up my speed as if nothing were wrong, and made it to the visitor-friendly parking area at the top of the road without a slip.
I had started this adventure a bit late
I poked around a bit and decided I would need to come back here soon, perhaps with my husband because, icy roads notwithstanding, the Palanges have always been a bit scary to me.
Peace and quiet -- and no ice -- on the drive back
Needless to say, I took the sunnier option for driving back, heading down towards Agen rather than testing my tires again.
One of these days, I'm sure my explorations will get me into trouble -- but fortunately, last Sunday was not that day.