It still feels like early spring this morning with more clouds and rain. The western gorge will stay cloudy today, with west wind in the 16-19 range, but east of The Dalles, the wind will be in the 21-24 range early, picking up to 24-28 this afternoon. Actually, it’s already blowing in the mid twenties (27 at Arlington, if you trust that sensor, which you shouldn’t… it reads about 5mph high), but the most reliable wind will be late morning to early afternoon today, so you may want to wait a bit, especially given the huge band of rain just east of Arlington.
Tomorrow looks light as an upper low sets up off the coast. Saturday brings east wind in the 17-20 range. Sunday looks glassy and hot with a high in the low 80’s. Monday and Tuesday are a long ways out, but at this point they both look super windy. If they really do end up super windy, I have brand new 2.9 and 3.2 Hot Sails Superfreak that you can come try out. They’re pretty amazing in super strong wind.
Okay, on to events. Tonight is the Post and Pint, but it’s pretty muddy in Post, so call dirty Fingers to find out if the ride is on (it’s probably off). From now on, there will be the Post and Pint on Thursday, and for women only, the Post and Pinot, brought to you by Naked Winery and Dirty Fingers, on Wednesdays, with free mechanical clinics after the ride. Coming up tomorrow, the Disco Divas ride some dirt. If you want to join that ride, email email@example.com.
In road riding world, today is the beginning of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, so hello to all you racers out there and good luck. Road bikers who aren’t racing, the slower paced Saturday ride is on starting this week. It’s meeting at 8:30 (where) and heading either to Cooper Spur or to Parkdale. They’re hoping for two groups, a 15mph and a 13mph, so you have no excuse not to ride. Also, it sounds like there’s going to be a Thursday slower paced ride as well, starting next week.
In other news, there’s the Black Dog Dual Sport ride on Saturday and Sunday, the Tour de Hood organized bike ride Saturday and Sunday, and there’s a whitewater race on the class V Little White on Saturday. Oh yeah, and there’s the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle on Saturday, meeting at the shop at 10am.
If you need new gear, there’s a swap from noon ‘til 3 at the White Salmon Spring Festival. Drop off your gear between 4 and 6:30 tomorrow evening. Also tomorrow evening it’s First Friday in Hood River.
Finally, if you want to go rafting on Saturday, call Wet Planet, mention this report, and get $5 off the Klickitat trip.
Holy **** there’s a lot going on. Did I miss anything?
Have an awesome day today!
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