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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby edt » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:35 pm

my first rule is dont drive more than you kite. so if it's a 4 hour drive you better have wind all day. If I just need to walk down to my pond I don't mind if I only get wind for 15 minutes.

my second rule is if you never get skunked you are not even trying

The forceof wind doesn't matter to me, I like a light wind sesh as much as ones where trees are blown down. What matters to me is how long it blows.

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby shawn13 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:42 pm

I'm guilty for being a wind addict.

I purchased a new vehicle 17 months ago, and just turned 50,000km (31,000mi) on it.
My annual work commute is 2700km (1700mi) .

I would say 30,000+ km (20,000+ mi) have all been due to kiting. I spent all last summer driving from Toronto to Lake Erie 3 times a week which is about 3 hours round trip. The average time to our kite spots outside of Toronto is about an hour and a half one way.

I'll drive for anything above 14 knots.
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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby soul19 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:45 pm

Hey Shawn,

I think that it is a Canadian thing as I don't care how far it is if it means that their might be wind. My two local spots are 45minutes each way and all others are a minimum of 1.5hrs/way. Whatever seems to be going off is what we travel to....we try to car pool to decrease the expenses/carbon foot print. I honestly believe that the best fun is getting the tribe together and heading out on the trip! The anticipation as texts and phone calls go out to see who is coming to ride and who is staying home to wear the pretty dress (no actually dress wearing but good natured ribbing to the slaved that can't break free). Maybe its the gypsy in me that needs it or the gear junkie that just finds it satisfying loading everything into the back of the truck and taking off for who knows how long....

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby Laughingman » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:34 pm

Yep, living in SWO I put on roughly 20000km a year on my truck kiting. Sad thing is that is all usually in 6 months as I don't do snow kiting.
At the same time my commute is almost 30000km a year....

I spend more money on my truck and gas then I do on my house... ugh... who brought this up anyhow?
STFU I don't need to be thinking about this!

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby soul19 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:51 pm

beat this.... I walk to work and have put almost 55,000kms on my vehicle in 2014. My wife uses her own vehicle. I can't even claim to have put on 500km at all for work :thumb:

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby consumer » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:07 pm

plummet wrote: Does any one ever say "f*** this shit. Its too windy" and go hunting less wind?
Yes:
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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby Eurus » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:18 am

If wind were methamphetamine and I am the addict then I would have no teeth left in my head. That's how addicted to wind I am.

I will travel anywhere and everywhere to kite if there is no wind in my local area.

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby KYLakeKiter » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:46 am

My local spot is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from my house but I do have a cabin out there, so I can stay there if there is more than one day of wind (and I have the time off work).

For a good weekend I will drive 8 hours to the gulf of Mexico. Dauphin Island, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach or PC.

I sometimes work out of Elizabeth City NC which is pretty close to OBX, but it is a solid hour and a half before I get from the hotel to any of the good launches there.

So I guess what I am saying is Kiting = Driving... a lot of it. Yep, I should move to a beach somewhere.

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby plummet » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:50 am

edt wrote:my first rule is dont drive more than you kite. .
Yeah. I like this rule. It applies to all activities. The activity needs to be at least = to or greater than the drive time.

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Re: How far are you prepared to travel for wind?

Postby Kamikuza » Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:20 am

Balls to that rule. A good session is worth the drive, especially if it's on the highway and not through traffic.


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