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Welcome to winter-wonder-land, Tennessee


Welcome to winter-wonder-land, Tennessee

To wait out the winter-storm warning, we stayed an extra day just north of Asheville before getting back on the road.


As we leave our cozy place to grab some breakfast we notice snow on the ground. However, the sun is trying to peak out from behind the clouds so we figure this is going to be a great day to make it over our first pass into Tennessee.


us_ridingWe wear our rain-gear over two layers of thin merino wool shirts, put our wool buffs and gloves on, ย and get rolling. We gradually start climbing and after several miles the incline becomes steeper and steeper. We notice the occasional patch of snow turning into a blanket of snow as we continue climbing. The temperature is dropping, but with all this pedaling we are warming up quickly. We know sweating is bad in the cold, so we start opening our jackets and shedding our buffs and gloves. Yet, we still sweat and flip back and forth from being hot while pedaling uphill and freezing while we take breaks from the hard work. But with the gorgeous views of snow-powdered trees, mountains, and valleys we don’t mind the pedaling and the freezing too much. This is a winter wonder land – too bad it’s supposed to be spring time!

Sam's Gap



Eventually, we make it to the top of Sams Gap and the Tennessee border, from here it is all downhill to our next destination in Erwin.




  • Rollie Sojourn
    Posted at 18:56h, 28 March Reply

    My students are amazed that I ride to work on “cold” mornings (defined here as a temperature low enough that you don’t need the AC). I can’t wait to show them your photos of riding through the snow and icicles! Thanks for the posts and the great pictures. By the way, in the shot of the trusty bikes in the snow at Sams Gap, I don’t see a kickstand. Saving weight?

    • Petra
      Posted at 19:42h, 28 March Reply

      Yes, it is funny how “cold” can be so relative. People used to think we were crazy for commuting during the winter in FL. Actually, we did not wear any more clothes than what we wear in FL in the “cold”. We started sweating quickly going uphill, but froze our butts off coasting downhill on the other side. By the way: good eye! We shed the kickstands mostly because they did not work well with the fully loaded bikes. For some reason the bikes would tilt, so we figured: why bother?! And we save a little weight as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brad and Cece
    Posted at 18:59h, 28 March Reply

    If you’re peddling down the road and you get the feeling someone is watching you, it’s just us. We check on you guys often. There will be others, but you guys will always be the first.(tent campers that is) Be safe.

    • Petra
      Posted at 19:33h, 28 March Reply

      Hi guys, somehow we felt, that we are not quite on our own at times, it was exciting to be your first ๐Ÿ˜‰ although, we did not last long in the tent in that “lovely spring weather”. Wishing you the best.

    Posted at 10:42h, 03 April Reply

    Your winter wonder land is awesome! when do you fly to warmer land?

    • Petra
      Posted at 08:33h, 04 April Reply

      We’re not exactly sure, but we may fly out of DC to Madrid as early as next week.

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