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Offline Louis Le Tour

Crescent City to Seattle weather
« on: September 07, 2014, 04:13:43 pm »
I know the spring winds along the Oregon coast are pretty nasty going north.  Do they die down as the summer months come along or are they pretty constant all summer long?

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Crescent City to Seattle weather
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 04:35:09 pm »
I can't answer definitively but I will say I departed the US/Mexican border on July 4th many moons ago headed north for Vancouver and I will not make that mistake again.  Note that I was a very strong 23yo rider at the time and it was work on numerous days.  I would be pedaling in my low gears into the wind as riders coming from the north who were COASTING from the wind would shout "Great day for a ride!"  I would mumble something about flat tires being visited upon them repeatedly.  I doubt they heard it above the wind.

Unless you do not have a choice, I would highly recommend doing N-S.  Not only is the wind predominantly more in your favor typically but you also have the ocean on your side of the road.  Doesn't sound like 20+ feet would matter but I was continually darting across the road (usually to take a break from the wind).  If you do not have a choice, just plan on some shorter days.

Hope you have a great ride whichever direction you go!


Offline Louis Le Tour

Re: Crescent City to Seattle weather
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 06:14:20 pm »
Well, as much as I'd like to take that ride next spring/summer it looks like it ain't gonna happen.

Offline DaveT

Re: Crescent City to Seattle weather
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2014, 06:10:03 pm »
Pretty much anytime it is sunny on the N California / Oregon coast the wind will be whipping out of the north. On a NorCal coast tour a couple of years ago I was chatting with a local cyclist near Klamath, CA about the wind (I was headed south); he mentioned the county transit bus bike racks were always full on the NB buses during the summer.