Irene’s quite the Windbag

A snippet of Irene from over 300 miles away

Finally a hurricane! Ok I’m not wishing a hurricane on anyone, but the season has been pretty much nonexistent this year. Irene looks to be a pretty major storm as she is currently at a cat 3 rating, so I hope all you North and South Carolinians are taking her seriously. Take it from a 2004 triple whammy survivor of Charley, Francis and Jeanne…take precautions!

Irene is currently around the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, which is over 300 miles from here, yet we are catching a few feeder bands from her as well as some wind, which of coarse makes for lousy riding weather.

We had a NNE 20+ MPH wind today with gusts near 30, making the downwind half of the ride thoroughly enjoyable. Unfortunately that meant the return ride was going to be against a headwind, and sure enough it was a bit of a chore maintaining even a low 14 MPH average. I don’t know how many times I looked down at my tires to see if I had a flat or a rubbing break shoe. It really felt like riding uphill for 11 miles.

I’m sure tomorrow and the weekend will not be any better, so I hope Señor J is ready to take on the wind, especially on Sunday as we have a Trek sponsored  ride.

Route: GCTC-20
Ride Time: 1:24:44
Stopped Time: 35:08
Distance: 22.61 miles
Average: 16.01 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 23.67 miles/h
Ascent: 145 feet
Descent: 101 feet
Calories: 1355

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