In late April 2012, Ann was in the process of quitting one job and starting another, so we planned a long weekend trip from Washington, DC to the Blue Ridge Mountains and back on our 2008 H-D Heritage Softail Classic. Our plan was to ride the Tail of the Dragon, but the weather slowed us down and made us rethink our trip. Although the report called for snow, we honestly didn’t stop to think about it. Snow? In March? Sure, we were in the mountains, but it was 60 F in DC! But it did snow. There was also rain with freezing wind. It rained so much that one of Ann’s catch phrases during the trip was, “Roll up the windows! I’m getting soaked back here!” And even when it was dry, the temperatures were still in the low 40s. At one point, Ann was too cold to take off her full-face helmet for pictures and I was too cold to take off my face mask.
In order to stay warm for seven hours one day, Ann had to wear a bunch of clothes, including jeans, sweatpants, leather chaps, rain pants, a short-sleeve shirt, a long-sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, a fleece, a heated jacket (with wires, like a heated blanket), a leather jacket, and a raincoat.
Oh, that’s right. She also wore two pairs of wool socks with waterproof boots (Left).
In the end, we made it to Boone, North Carolina before eventually calling it off. Even though we didn’t get all the way to the Tail of the Dragon, we still had a great getaway. We can’t wait to return! But during the summertime.
Alex and Ann
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