28 Mar 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.
We wear our rain-gear over two layers of thin merino wool shirts, put our wool buffs and gloves on, 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!
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.