Back in the mid-1970's I was stationed at Travis AFB in Northern California. One of the reasons they put the base in it's location is because it is normally windy there, which helps the planes get off the ground. But this isn't any ordinary old wind. No, this is an evil, thinking, conniving type of wind. I'll give you an example. One day while out on the flight line, the wind ripped off a piece of paper from my clip-board. As I went to pick up the paper the wind pulled it away from me to the right. As I went to grab it again, the wind shoved it to the right again. This went on over and over, as I would get just ready to grab the paper it would pull it away, but in a circle. I went around and around like three times before I got that stupid piece of paper.
Fast forward to now. I now live in Woodland, Ca, a few miles away from Travis. I have gone for several rides since getting back into riding a few weeks ago. I head off east from my house and have a headwind. I make a right and go south-headwind. Go several miles and make another right going west-headwind. Several miles and make another right going north-headwind. Last right turn going east again, still a headwind. This happened several times.
I was at my LBS and talking to one of the guys there telling him about it and he tells me Woodland is well known for being in like a tornado, the wind goes in a big circle, so no matter what direction you're going you are in a headwind.
So today I figure I'd outsmart the wind. Instead of starting out going clockwise I'd go counter clockwise on the same course. Seems to make sense as if going clockwise I'm always having a headwind, if I go counter-clockwise I should have a tailwind all the way. Right?
Well guess what? The freakin wind was a headwind the entire way. It's totally crazy, no matter what direction, what time of day, I alway hit a headwind!
At least I'm getting a good workout