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When will I ever get a tailwind? In China.

Old 04-01-09, 07:21 PM
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When will I ever get a tailwind? In China.

Cycling to Beijing from Wuhan soon. Had a horrific headwind cycling up the ChangJiang. Anyone knows when the wind will change? Any sites to check? Oh, and I have rain, too, to contend with.
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Tailwinds are a myth. Bicycles have the curious property of altering the laws of physics and creating a "bubble" of current headed in the opposite direction of their riders and only around that rider. This causes two cyclists riding in exact opposite directions to both ride directly into headwinds.

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I am far away form you. in yunnan province, and can assert with some certaintly that the headwind into which you are riding is the same one as here in Yunnan. Too bad you can't get into Tibet these days, for I hear there is NO wind there. (kidding)

leave VERY early in the morning, and gradually, you'll be in your granny gear pedaling furiously while the wind rips at your helmet. Windy enough here in yunnan, that I have been doing that to go DOWN steep descents.

actually the wind stopped a couple days ago here, now we have 45 degree mornings, overcast and periodic lightly drenching to REALLY soaking rain.....

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Yeah, rainy and windy weather. Same here. Well, I finished the Kunming to Guilin stretch, want any information about that?
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I did a loop trip up the interior and down the coast with headwinds the whole way. I don't know how.
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Originally Posted by BF123
Yeah, rainy and windy weather. Same here. Well, I finished the Kunming to Guilin stretch, want any information about that?
yes I do..... I would find that interesting. Apologies to OP for the thread hijack. Where IS Guilin??

I am curently planning a tour from Dali to the SW to to MYanmar border and looping back to Dali. Leaving in about ten days. I have been advised not to tour from Kunming to Dali -- so I think I am taking the train
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Originally Posted by 4000Miles
Tailwinds are a myth. Bicycles have the curious property of altering the laws of physics and creating a "bubble" of current headed in the opposite direction of their riders and only around that rider. This causes two cyclists riding in exact opposite directions to both ride directly into headwinds.

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Ah thank you! finally a true scientific explanation of reality!
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Well, I'm having a tailwind these 2 days, which will continue, with clear skies, if the 1st group of tourers I might are right. If the second group I met are right, then I will have either tailwinds and bad weather, or headwinds with clear weather. Ho hum.

And crap, I left my journal back in the hotel, so a detailed description of the route will have to wait. There's a ****ty 60km of road, with 10km that require pushing, between Congjiang and Sanjiang on the 321. Guilin's in Guangxi, a major tourist city.
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