4/30 Gorge wind, Hood River area events, and girls going mountain biking.

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 April 30, 2013

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Good morning,

It’s a chilly morning in the Gorge, and it’s not going to be the warmest of days today, with highs in the mid-50’s, but summery weather returns tomorrow with temps in the upper 60’s, and we’ll be into the upper 70’s by Thursday, maybe even hitting 80… perfect tanning weather, for sure.

Now, moving back into the past, it was quite windy yesterday, you might have noticed. It was really windy at The Wall, and the current was just perfect for making big, clean waves. I gave it an A. Not an A+, mind you, but an A. I have a couple of observations: One, 52 degree air is really frickin’ cold. Two, dropping 10lbs is equivalent to going up a sail size. I was getting killed on a 3.2 yesterday. Boo-hiss to that.

Anyway, today’s wind will be mellower, which of course means it’s now not-windy-enough for me: our morning gradients are .09/.05, which translates to 17-20 right now from Mosier to The Dalles (really messing with my bike ride plans up Seven Mile), picking up to 24-27 from Mosier to Maryhill this afternoon. Strongest/steadiest will be Rowena/Doug’s today. Tomorrow starts with light east wind, building to east at 21-24 at Stevenson and 5-10 elsewhere. And that’s the general pattern through Sunday, if the long-range models are correct.

If you don’t own a road bike, now’s the time to buy one, because no wind in the Central Gorge means perfect pavement in the Central Gorge.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

In events today, the Hood River County Trails meeting is at 5pm at the OSU extension office in Hood River. This committee makes recommendations regarding the county trail system, so if you have an interest, show up and be heard. Or just contact your mountain bike representative, me, or your hiker/runner rep, Heather Pola.

Also today, there’s touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 5:30. Coming up tomorrow, there’s a huge group of gal mountain bikers leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30 for the Post and Pickup – uh, Post and Pinot, sorry – there’s Pickup Ultimate Frisbee at the Hood River Marina, and there are sailboat races, always pretty to watch, even if you’re not on a boat. However, if you have any sailing skills, you should be able to talk yourself on to a boat.

Have an awesome day today!