An hour and a quarter's walk to the far woods. A cold wind and continuing light snowfall tested my next selection of supermarket "skiing" gloves. I could wear my default, scooterist's gloves but they are rather stiff and bulky for my relatively casual, rural walks. The sky proved to have some very slight variation in greyness if I stared hard enough in my default yellow sunglasses. It continued to snow lightly all day though without much extra accumulation. It may have reached a depth of one inch or 2.5cm in Euros.
Thursday 9th 27-28F, -3-2C, breezy, heavy overcast, no new snow but more showers are possible in the forecast. The Danish news warns of numerous motorway accidents due to icy road conditions. There was no observable difference in local driver behaviour yesterday. This despite the roads being covered in thin, slippery snow. Does this mean that commuters can't read Danish? Or just that they don't read the Danish news before setting off? Or, do they have delusions of grandeur that they are winter rally aces? That would explain the three cases of heavy damage to the verges inside a one mile stretch of road.
Driver's pre-flight checklist: Driving nose to tail? Check. Driving in a low gear ready to overtake on double white lines? [If they were even visible through the snow!] Check? Cutting every corner despite oncoming traffic? Check. Bullying the car in front to drive faster by tailgating? Check. Welcome to the twilight zone of driving. You only have to look at the tracks in the snow to see that almost nobody was keeping to their own lane on corners. An unblemished, pristine, white carpet on the outside of every bend. When the snow isn't there the double white lines are completely worn away between bouts of resurfacing.
The roads were clear enough for a ride without inhibiting the traffic. Hands very cold going. Fine coming back. Crosswind became slight headwind. The air felt very cold but I was comfortable. An oversized fleece collar helped to keep the wind out. Several birds of prey perched on roadside trees. Including one gorgeous chestnut one glowing in the brief, winter sunshine. Only 12 miles.
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