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Old 12-27-20, 06:58 PM
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We are planning a bike trip along the coast from Gloucester, Mass to Acadia, Maine. For those of you who have biked this route will the wind be more of a factor north to south or south to north? Thanks.
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Old 12-27-20, 07:08 PM
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The time of year you're planning to ride will likely determine the direction of the prevailing winds, but so will the low or high pressure systems that pass nearby. It's a variable you can't predict very far in advance. Sustained headwinds are "character building" where I ride (1000+ miles south of you) but I suspect they are similar where you ride. Twas ever thus.
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Old 12-27-20, 09:28 PM
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Check the Windy app, windy.com. I've used it for a few years and it's the most reliable weather app I've found, including graphic representations of wind patterns for an entire region. Really helps clarify why the simple compass directions for winds on most apps are useless -- swirling patterns can change over distance, but the app is usually accurate enough to be prepared. Excellent for planning bike rides.
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Old 12-27-20, 11:10 PM
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The wind is my friend, the wind is my friend....
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Give me a month and I'll show you the wind distribution for that part of the coast.
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Old 12-28-20, 08:06 AM
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You havent provided a route. You have provided an origin-destination pair.
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Give me a month and I'll show you the wind distribution for that part of the coast.
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You havent provided a route. You have provided an origin-destination pair.
we are looking at several coastal routes. A lot of it depends upon what I find out here. 40 to 50 miles per day.
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Old 12-28-20, 08:09 AM
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It's pretty much guaranteed that no matter what route you take, the wind will be in your face.
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Voil! South to North is your answer.


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The NE coast can experience winds from prety much any direction. But, if you're really *unlucky* you catch winds fro the northeast. That usually means nasty weather, and you'll be riding straight into those winds. Also, you'll find that the coast of Maine isn't flat, so prepare for some hills.

That said, in June the most likely wind direction will come from three directions: SW, W, and NW. Don't worry about the wind and just enjoy the ride. If you pick the right route it can be a nice trip.
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The NE coast can experience winds from prety much any direction. But, if you're really *unlucky* you catch winds fro the northeast. That usually means nasty weather, and you'll be riding straight into those winds.
Similar to the S. Jersey shore. NE wind usually means bad weather. Nice, warm summer days usually produce a breeze than angles up the coast starting later in the morning.. If you are staying in a coastal town and want to do a ride, you ride inland in the morning, head south, come back east to the coast and ride home north with a tailwind.
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Main is currently experiencing an upsurge in covid infections. It might be wise to monitor this situation as your departure date gets closer. Maybe even postpone until later this year.
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Main is currently experiencing an upsurge in covid infections. It might be wise to monitor this situation as your departure date gets closer. Maybe even postpone until later this year.
That hardly matters. Find an area in the US that isn't.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Check the Windy app, windy.com. I've used it for a few years and it's the most reliable weather app I've found, including graphic representations of wind patterns for an entire region. Really helps clarify why the simple compass directions for winds on most apps are useless -- swirling patterns can change over distance, but the app is usually accurate enough to be prepared. Excellent for planning bike rides.
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Originally Posted by DeadGrandpa View Post
The time of year you're planning to ride will likely determine the direction of the prevailing winds, but so will the low or high pressure systems that pass nearby. It's a variable you can't predict very far in advance. Sustained headwinds are "character building" where I ride (1000+ miles south of you) but I suspect they are similar where you ride. Twas ever thus.
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