At last! Although the weather remains cold (as low as -12.5 Celsius this morning), the bright sun has been melting the ice off the asphalt roads. So for the first time since Sunday, we felt comfortable venturing out in the car today.
We began with the 18-kilometre drive to the spa where we have our aquafitness class on Saturday mornings, followed by a shopping trip to the Carrefour supermarket in Gourdon. No problem. I believe the technical term for the road conditions would be “track-bare” or “centre-bare,” if not even better.
Then this afternoon we took the same drive into neighbouring Cénac that we had taken on Monday morning, when we weren’t feeling very confident as the car made its way up the long and icy hill. Again, no problem. Virtually all the ice is melted away.
To give you a quick idea of what it’s like now, here are just a few photos from our trip this afternoon. First, the road out of Daglan:
A bit further along, we come to the turn-off for Bouzic (as well as the panoramic tower, if you’re interested). But we bear left and follow the main road:
Finally, we’re on the hill that lies between Daglan and Cénac. As you can see, the road is virtually all clear, with bits of ice and snow on the sides, and only occasional patches of ice where the road doesn’t get much sun:
We’ve got our fingers crossed that we’re now headed out of winter — or, at least out of the season of icy roads. One of our friends heard that we are due to get snow on Monday, but the (relatively) trusty Méteo France email we received this morning isn’t calling for snow in the immediate future, and in fact predicts a gentle warming trend. As I said, fingers crossed.