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    Conditions at Marshall Mesa - TODAY

    Here's an idea of what it was like. Video just shows what I was battling. Don't expect much, it's not an epic production. Going east with the wind at my back was like having jet propulsion. West, was like running into a wall. Yes, I was peddling as hard and fast as I could yet still almost moving backwards.

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    Hey, I was out there with you guys today, I'm Dave the guy on the white ironhorse with the orange jacket.

    That wind was intense for sure!

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    Huh?

    12/27/09?????

    just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by scar
    12/27/09?????

    just saying

    I've been sent from the future. I'm a terminator.

    Well, I ain't going to take the time to fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMW
    Hey, I was out there with you guys today, I'm Dave the guy on the white ironhorse with the orange jacket.

    That wind was intense for sure!
    Obviously, I was the guy with the camera on is head.

    I was on the Yeti in the white truck. Did you guys ever make it across 93?

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    I rode 100 yards up the dirt road, just about had the bike swept out from under me by the wind and turned around.

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    How were the trails besides the wind? I might try to check out Spring Brook tomorrow if the wind dies down a little. Was that video taken on High Plains (or maybe it should be Planes with all this wind)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS5280
    How were the trails besides the wind? I might try to check out Spring Brook tomorrow if the wind dies down a little. Was that video taken on High Plains (or maybe it should be Planes with all this wind)?

    That was High Plains. I never made it across 93. The trails on the east side were dry.

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    Dangit - a schnauzers sighting and I didn't even know it.
    That was me talking to you before you left, I parked right beside you in the blue Dodge Caravan.
    The video doesn't do that "wind" justice. More like a tornado or something. The shadow in the video on the way back west makes it look like you're riding one of those old high wheels or a 36er or something!
    Anyway, I will update my thread (12/27 - 10am Greenbelt Plateau) for more info on what we did.
    Good talking to you.
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    I was at my desk till early afternoon, got cabin fever and just decided to go out there and hike around. I pulled into the High Plains parking lot, my truck was rocking back and forth, got out and...holy carp momma...freakin' howling winds. It didn't matter I was bundled up for cold, the wind blew the cold right through my winter clothes. Miserable.

    So I went up to the Doudy Draw lot off Eldorado Spgs. Rd. A little less windy there but still, no way. Car after car pulled into that lot, peeps all bundled up got out with the same story as me "cabin fever". Most of them returned in about five minutes. If it'd been in the 40s it woulda just been too windy, but high 20s and that wind was too much.

    I saw a roadie plowing into the wind as I drove west to the lot. He looked real determined as he was being blown left and right. As I was pulling out of the lot, going east sailing along with the wind, here he was again plowing into the wind. I guess he was doing laps. Doing penance for some past or current sins, no doubt.

    I drove up and checked out the CO67 "entrance" to the Spring Brook trails. A rider could ride up Eld. Spgs. Rd. up CO67 and down Spring Brook for some loopage. And a couple of pics of that area during the same gale force winds, only while it was in the low 80s!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    Dangit - a schnauzers sighting and I didn't even know it.
    That was me talking to you before you left, I parked right beside you in the blue Dodge Caravan.
    The video doesn't do that "wind" justice. More like a tornado or something. The shadow in the video on the way back west makes it look like you're riding one of those old high wheels or a 36er or something!
    Anyway, I will update my thread (12/27 - 10am Greenbelt Plateau) for more info on what we did.
    Good talking to you.
    Were you expecting horns, a tail, and a trident?

    I cut out the parts where I fell off the bike. At one point I couldn't even get started going again. I'll probably give another go today.

    Nice talking to you as well.

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    this wind doesn't seem to be letting up. might just ride magnolia. Been off the bike for several weeks now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    this wind doesn't seem to be letting up. might just ride magnolia. Been off the bike for several weeks now.

    Wind is not that bad on the north side of NTM right now (www.schnauzers.ws/weather). Usually, it's about 5-7 MPH higher at MM.

    NTM is NOT rideable at the moment due to snow and mud.

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    it's really gusty right now. zero one minute, 40-50mph the next. Might ease down to Hall if I can motivate.

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    Gonna be a Windy day at MM

    This is the link to the weather station at NCAR on Table Mesa... it's a good indicator of what you'll find in the wind tunnel that is Eldorado Canyon...

    http://www.eol.ucar.edu/cgi-bin/weat...r&fields=raina

    70 MPH gusts! Not a good bet today!
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    I got really lucky today. Went riding at MM around 3 and most of the trails were pretty good. Doudy is a mess after the switchback though, all mud/snow. When I got back to my car the winds picked up to at least 40 mph, it was pretty crazy since there was virtually no wind the entire time I rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS5280
    I got really lucky today. Went riding at MM around 3 and most of the trails were pretty good. Doudy is a mess after the switchback though, all mud/snow. When I got back to my car the winds picked up to at least 40 mph, it was pretty crazy since there was virtually no wind the entire time I rode.

    I stopped by there at about 10 AM to scope it out. I couldn't even open the door on my truck. I turned around, met up with the crew and we rode Fairmont trail to Clear Creek bike path to about Wadsworth and back to my house. All in all, it was a beautiful day.

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    Yeah I think someone unplugged the fans on Marshall Mesa while I was riding. As soon as I got to the crosswalk to cross 93 into the Greenbelt Plateau parking lot it started blowing like crazy. I didn't even have to pedal across the street...my shirt just became a sail. Good way to end the ride.

    Someone needs to build a windfarm up there...I am pretty sure they could generate enough electricity to power half of Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCS5280
    Yeah I think someone unplugged the fans on Marshall Mesa while I was riding. As soon as I got to the crosswalk to cross 93 into the Greenbelt Plateau parking lot it started blowing like crazy. I didn't even have to pedal across the street...my shirt just became a sail. Good way to end the ride.

    Someone needs to build a windfarm up there...I am pretty sure they could generate enough electricity to power half of Colorado.
    As I drove west on W. 120th Ave a few days ago (my air speed must have been 130 mph) I thought I'd see those windmills spinning wildly. Surely this kind of wind would get them moving. But, as usual, none of them were moving at all. In fact, I've rarely seen them move.

    There must be some other set of circumstances that gets windmills to turn, not just because it's windy as heck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    As I drove west on W. 120th Ave a few days ago (my air speed must have been 130 mph) I thought I'd see those windmills spinning wildly. Surely this kind of wind would get them moving. But, as usual, none of them were moving at all. In fact, I've rarely seen them move.

    There must be some other set of circumstances that gets windmills to turn, not just because it's windy as heck.

    Those turbines are part of the National Resource Energy Lab. They are for testing. I met someone who worked there a year ago and asked the same question you did. His reply was that they are a test facility and the units do not have battery storage or connection to the utility company. They use them to test different height, structures, blades, coils, etc.

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