when people were travelling slow enough, they had the time to stop in front of such signs, which show an information density we can't imagine on today's road signs
one can learn here that:
- the department is called Ariège
- he is currently in a village named Gabre
- he travels following the chemin de grande communication n°1 (highway #1)
- he has to go 23.8 km to arrive in the main city of the department –Foix– and 5.1 km only to the next city –Mas d'Azil
the cast iron plate has been melt about a century ago and is perfectly legible today; we have something to learn from that!