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bikegal from Kane, PA on 9/15/2020 9:29:54 PM:
Hello! I was planning to bike from Albany to Buffalo because that works better with my travel plans, but I've read about westerly winds being worse this way. Is that the case? Does it make much of a difference? I'm planning to ride the first week in October. I could rearrange my trip if that is advisable, so I'm curious!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 9/16/2020 8:43:38 AM:
Generally, the wind goes W-E but it’s not always the case and not guaranteed. The only thing to do is keep an eye out for the forecast and see if there’s any pattern to the winds and change trip direction if it looks like you’ll get better winds going another way.

 
Yankee John from Vermont on 9/16/2020 9:52:01 AM:
The prevailing wind is not much of a factor on the eastern part of the trail because it is heavily wooded and it mostly follows a low corridor with an escarpment on both sides so the wind tends to swirl in the depression. Much of the western part of the trail, roughly from Spencerport to Lockport, is elevated from the surrounding terrain and very exposed. It can really be a slog on a hot sunny day riding west into a strong westerly wind. Unfortunately the Army Corps of Engineers cut down most of the large trees in this section several years ago because they were a threat to the integrity of the canal. New trees are still small and not as close to the edge of the canal so there is little shade and little protection from the wind.

 
bikegal from Kane, PA on 9/21/2020 3:34:49 PM:
Thanks for this info! I think I'm going to keep my original route and prepare my legs for some extra resistance. Still open to comments if anyone else has perspective!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 9/23/2020 3:02:26 PM:
Bikegal, give us recap of your journey when you’re done!! John