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Old 04-29-09, 02:20 PM   #1
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North-East FL winds

I've been living in Jacksonville FL for about 15 years now and I didn't care about the winds until I started riding my bike not even a year ago.

Well, in the past 6 months I've been just hoping that there will be ONE day the winds will be mild throughout the whole day. BUT NO......Winds have been consistently strong EVERY day. In the morning and later at night it's a lot better but during the day it's consistently 10 to 15 mph. The trees are moving the wind sound is always there. Head winds suck more than I like the tail wind. I am getting pissed. It's not gonna stop me from riding or anything, but I need a break for just one day. Is that too much to ask around here?

So my question is very simple, DOES IT EVER STOP? I've heard that durring the summer it's better, is this true?

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Wind is a way of life for cyclist in Florida, think of a head wind as resistance training and remember what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Now get out there and pedal into that head wind.

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It's been bad this year, don't ever remember it being like this. Monday was brutal, but Saturday morning is suppose to be nice. Less and 5 all day I do believe. Hey, Bicycle's Etc is hosting the Tour de Cure training rides on Saturday morning at 7:30 at their Philips Store if you were not aware. 31-49-75 milers I believe.
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My forecast over here on the other coast said it would be 5-10 mph today. Wrong, it was 10-20, again! I have been feeling the same way lately, will it ever stop! The only thing good for me right now is that the trail I ride on is upwind going out and downwind coming home. They are calling for ESE at 5-10 again today, I won't get my hopes up!
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I had a 15 mph head wind the other day, constant for 12mi. Brutal.

I used to check the weather reports before rides to check up the temperature and maybe rain probability. Now I check for the wind speed first.
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Well it's good to know I'm not the only one that gets bothered by the wind here in FL. I just cant figure it out lately, I mean one day it will be coming out of the west, next day out of the east and the other day it was coming out of the south. What about the out and back rides where you ride into a headwind on the way out, push it as far as you can go knowing that its gonna be an easy ride back. And then the wind changes direction soon after you turn around, so that you have to battle a headwind on the way back. Ohhhh those suck.... but when your done with one of those rides it makes you feel good...

Before I started riding I NEVER used to notice wind or hills.... Now wherever I go i'm always thinking what it would be like to be riding in that particular spot, or up that hill, or into that wind.... or even better yet riding with that wind at my back .... LOL I also notice a lot more flags too.. LOL
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Wind is a way of life for cyclist in Florida, think of a head wind as resistance training and remember what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Now get out there and pedal into that head wind.

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It looks like I have no chice but to get used to it and welcome it into my life without wishing that I could come face to face with the god of wind and kick it right in the stomach like it's been kicking me every time I go out to ride.

And the most annoying thing to me is that when it's about to rain or it's raining, the wind stops. As soon as the rain stops, winds start back up again. As far as I'm concerned, that just crosses the line of fairness and makes that line look like a dot.

Eventually I hope to make peace with it and it ain't no easy task.
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Well it's good to know I'm not the only one that gets bothered by the wind here in FL. I just cant figure it out lately, I mean one day it will be coming out of the west, next day out of the east and the other day it was coming out of the south. What about the out and back rides where you ride into a headwind on the way out, push it as far as you can go knowing that its gonna be an easy ride back. And then the wind changes direction soon after you turn around, so that you have to battle a headwind on the way back. Ohhhh those suck.... but when your done with one of those rides it makes you feel good...
I know.....It changes like that sometimes and when it does really makes me deal with my anger issues. But there is always the light at the end of the tunnel....after rides like that, food tastes exeptionally good.
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Well, the weather sites are saying our wind is blowing 3 mph or something like that. Yet for some reason the trees are blowing all over and when you look into the wind your hair is blowing around like you stuck your head out of a car window! I swear all the weather stations in this area are next to buildings or something so they don't give a true reading. I need to hunt them down and take a look.

It wasn't like this in years past. I have gotten to where I check the wind before I go as well. I then decide my route to allow for the wind. I must be a fair weather biker!
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Just returned from doing 42 miles here in central Fl and today was the best wind day in a long time outbound it was out of the ENE @ 8 and inbound it was SSE @ 12, all in all a good wind day. I can deal with that kind of wind.
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The last 2 weeks the wind has been ridiculous here on the coast. Although, today I got tailwind coming home-very rare.

But remember, we get a pass on hills, cold, snow, ice...I'll take that deal. The wind does die down a little in the summer, and then it rains.
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Wow, today is just an amazing weather. I think the gods of wind have read this thread and have smiled upon us.

http://www.accuweather.com/us/fl/jac...day=1&metric=0
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Rules for riding near Florida's coasts. In the morning ride towards the water and ride away from it in the afternoon. Sea breezes kick up sometime in the late morning to afternoon and blow inland. Land breezes, if there are any that day, will blow towards the ocean in the morning.

I rode from Orlando to Titusville on Easter Sunday. Fought a 15 - 20 mph headwind most of the way. Took almost 3 hours and felt like I'd ridden a century by the time I got there. I didn't even get to enjoy the tailwind on the way back as my wife had driven over, we put my bike on the rack and took it home on the car.
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[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]Rules for riding near Florida's coasts. In the morning ride towards the water and ride away from it in the afternoon.
As a commuter, I always marveled at how it was scientifically possible that
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Here in Southwest Florida it's windy in March, but usually it dies down in April. Not so this year. Today it's blowing 21 mph out of the SSW. This is about the windiest spring I can recall.
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I did 50 miles today on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, along the north end from Okeechobee to Port Mayaca. The path is 30 feet in the air, on the top of the dike around the lake, so any wind is a serious wind. Today we had 10-15 from the SSE, so I had it right on my nose for the first 25 miles and I averaged about 11mph. Turned around and on the way back had a nice tail wind and was running about 16mph until I bonked at the 42 mile mark. After that, it was just miserable to turn the crank....

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I did 50 miles today on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, along the north end from Okeechobee to Port Mayaca. The path is 30 feet in the air, on the top of the dike around the lake, so any wind is a serious wind. Today we had 10-15 from the SSE, so I had it right on my nose for the first 25 miles and I averaged about 11mph. Turned around and on the way back had a nice tail wind and was running about 16mph until I bonked at the 42 mile mark. After that, it was just miserable to turn the crank....

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Tom how much of that trail is paved and where is the best place to park get on it? I would be comming from Orlando or St Pete.
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I wonder if all this wind is related to the drought? I remember as a kid on Brigantine Island in New Jersey that it was always windier when it was dry, calmer when the humidity was high. It would seem to me that the lack of rain has things pretty dry! Any amateur weathermen know anything about this?
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The trail is actually paved in two long sections. Coming from Orlando, the best place to catch it is right on the south end of Okeechobee where US441 hits the lake. Just to the right of the intersection 100 feet, is an access road over the berm and a large parking lot. This is Jaycees Park, but known locally as Lock 7.

Head east on the trail, and you go about two miles to Taylor Creek, where you have to get off, go to the highway and across the lift bridge over the creek. Then take the first right, onto the sand road and back up onto the trail. From there it is twenty two miles to the end of the path at the Port Mayaca Lock park.

The important thing to remember is there is NO WATER available anywhere along the trail from Taylor Creek to Port Mayaca, you have to bring your own, or go down to the highway and find someplace to beg some water. On my trip on Sunday I took two 24 oz bottles and a 70 oz Camelback and came back with about a cup full of water...

If you are headed this way on a weekend, drop me a line (Tractortom01@gmail.com) and I'll be happy to give you a tour.
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The trail is actually paved in two long sections. Coming from Orlando, the best place to catch it is right on the south end of Okeechobee where US441 hits the lake. Just to the right of the intersection 100 feet, is an access road over the berm and a large parking lot. This is Jaycees Park, but known locally as Lock 7.

Head east on the trail, and you go about two miles to Taylor Creek, where you have to get off, go to the highway and across the lift bridge over the creek. Then take the first right, onto the sand road and back up onto the trail. From there it is twenty two miles to the end of the path at the Port Mayaca Lock park.

The important thing to remember is there is NO WATER available anywhere along the trail from Taylor Creek to Port Mayaca, you have to bring your own, or go down to the highway and find someplace to beg some water. On my trip on Sunday I took two 24 oz bottles and a 70 oz Camelback and came back with about a cup full of water...

If you are headed this way on a weekend, drop me a line (Tractortom01@gmail.com) and I'll be happy to give you a tour.
Tom thanks for the reply and information. I don't just when we will make the trip down that way but I sure will take you up on the tour offer. My daughter and I are working toward riding every trail in FL this yr. and then spread out from there. I am retired but my daughter has to work so we plan our travel around her job.
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