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Now, your forecast:
Oh wow. It’s raining. I feel terrible for the cherry farmers, but I have to admit I smiled when I woke up and saw the wet pavement this morning. If we get just a quarter inch, or even just a tenth, we’ll see wondrous trails tomorrow. I was thinking of doing the women’s kayaking clinic through the Kayak Shed tomorrow, but tacky mountain bike trails in the middle of July beat running the Middle White Salmon any day.
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Anyway, moving on… as usual when there’s a windsport contest in the Gorge, the wind has backed off to nothing this morning. We’ll see light conditions early picking up to gusty 13-15 in the western Gorge this afternoon with 21-23 out east this afternoon. Along with the lackluster wind, we’ll have a chance of some rain showers today.
Just in for kiteboarding news, Windance is putting on a Slingshot kite and board demo today from 10-4 at kite beach (come on wind). Then tonight, Windance & Slingshot throw an after-kiting party for the RoSham Riders and all other kiters in the Windance parking lot 6-9. Free (beer) drinks and snacks and swag and GUST video premiere.
Tomorrow looks calm in the morning, picking up to 21-24 in the afternoon from Stevenson out to The Dalles. Tomorrow’s forecast looked awful when I checked yesterday, but Mother Nature knows David Troup’s birthday is tomorrow, so she’s playing nice. Monday looks a little better, as weak high pressure sits off the coast, for west wind in the 21-24 range for much of the day.
This cool weather downright sucks if you want summer, but it’s great if you like riding bikes (and I’m obsessed with bikes, so I’m okay with cool-and-cloudy) If you can’t motivate to ride alone, there’s the hammerhead ride leaving Ground Coffee at 8am, and there’s a slightly less hammering ride leaving at 8:30. And if all that’s too much, just grab whatever bike you have and ride the Twin Tunnels trail to coffee in Mosier.
Finally, the first Movie in the Park is tonight (I forgot which movie they are showing) at Jackson Park, starting at dusk. And coming up next week, Jon Bell is at Columbia Center for the Arts on Tuesday, talking about Mt. Hood (he’s the author of On Mt. Hood), and Bicycle Dreams plays on Wednesday.
Have an awesome day today!
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