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|Your favorite beach||Dawn
|Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site)||21-24||24-27||gusty 20-23||gusty 16-19|
|Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle||10-15||21-23||gusty 24-27||gusty 22-25|
|Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall||10-15||18-23||23-26||23-26|
|Arlington / Roosevelt||10-15||10-15||21-24||23-27|
To all of you who didn’t come to the Portland World Naked Bike Ride (and I believe I’m speaking to every last one of you), you missed out. It’s a pretty amazing experience both as a cyclist and a spectator – 10,000 naked or scantily-clad cyclists pedaling a loop through Portland while thousands of people cheer them on. Then there’s a great outdoor dance party after the ride. Yeah, that’ll show those petroleum hogs; People will stop using that non-renewable resource now! Okay, maybe not, but hey, at least they’ll pay more attention to cyclists for a few weeks!
It looks like another sunny, windy day in the Gorge, and we’ll have sunny, windy weather tomorrow too, but after that, we’ll see cooler, cloudier weather with a chance of showers. Today’s wind will be in the 22-25 range near Hood River this morning, becoming gusty midday, and picking up to 22-25 at Stevenson in the afternoon with 24-27 at Doug’s, Maryhill and Arlington late in the day. There were no clouds in Portland at 2am, which doesn’t bode all that well for midday sailing. Perhaps plan a paddle or bike ride midday?
Speaking of midday lulls, no, I do not know what happened to the wind yesterday. It didn’t cooperate with my forecast for the midday time period, that’s for sure. That makes me mad, especially as I wanted to sail and arrived just as the wind died. Thank goodness we live in a multi-sport Mecca – I hit the Lower White Salmon in the afternoon. It did not hit back, thankfully.
Tomorrow starts with west wind at 17-21, picking up to 22-25 in the afternoon with the strongest wind near Hood River. On Tuesday, a weather system moves in, giving us clouds and wind in the teens in the western Gorge with west wind at 24-28 or more in the eastern Gorge.
If you need photos of you windsurfing or kiting, Grant Myrdal will be around this weekend. Look for the blue flags or for his photo-covered Dick Hannah Subaru.
For you wavesailors, you should be at the coast today and tomorrow, because it’ll be good.
The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.
Coming up tomorrow, there are two mellow bike rides you can join. There’s the Alternative Ride, brought to you by Mountain View Cycles. This ride leaves the shop around 6:30, and goes to the Thirsty Woman for dinner and drinks. Bring lights and a helmet, but leave your spandex at home. If you want to do something a little sportier, there’s the Ride Around the Gorge, a mellow two-hour road bike ride leaving China Gorge at 5:30.
The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic still needs volunteers. Yes, that means you. Not me. I’m considering riding the whole damned thing. Yeah, I’m nuts. Visit their website to volunteer.
If you’re looking for something to do this afternoon, you have a chance to try pickup touch rugby at the Mosier School at 3pm, and you can try pickup Ultimate Frisbee at the Hood River Marina at 3:30pm.
In kayking/rafting news, the White Salmon is at a lovely 3.5′, the Klickitat is at a nearly-perfect 2010cfs, and the Hood is at a runnable but rocky 4.1′.
Solstice (from way over there in Bingen) has to move, and they’ve found the perfect spot on the HR Waterfront by Pfriem. They need your help: Kick down at the Solstice Kickstarter campaign. A $25 donation gets you a pizza or 5 slices, should the campaign kick in 18 days. Think of it as paying for your pizza in advance. I signed up. You should too. Local crowd-sourcing in action. Let’s do this thing! (and yes, you’re gonna hear about this until it’s done)
On a totally different note, Hood River band Sunderland needs your help. They have a chance to open for Weezer, but they need votes. Head to the contest website and vote for them. Then share the link via all your social media sites. You can vote once a day, so let’s help this local band make the big time!
Have an awesome day today!