5/13 Gorge wind, a little rain, and upcoming events

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 May 13, 2013

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Good morning,

This morning’s amusing ad:

The Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy
Really Temira, seriously? You’re advertising a bike? A random bike we’ve never heard of? A freakin’ hardtail? Yes, I am, and I’m doing it because I love this bike. So does Jason Wells, who built GP for you. This bike is the Post Canyon destroyer. Slack head tube for descending.29″ wheels for rolling over stuff. Very, very, very short chainstays for fast responding bike action that’ll make you giggle. And yell. And scream. I slay the Gorge on this bike. You should too.Contact sean@canfieldbrothers.com for more info. We’ll have a demo day in late June. Stay tuned.

In wind news today, we’ll start off with west wind under cloudy sky, and we’ll see the westerlies bounce around in the upper teens to mid twenties through mid afternoon. At that point, this frontal system will move through, and we’ll see 30+ from The Dalles to Arlington until dark, with the wind staying in the low twenties in the western Gorge. My suggestion would be for you to drive preemptively, or you’re going to miss the strongest wind from 2-7pm’ish.

Tomorrow starts with light wind at 10-15 or less, picking up to westerly 17-21 in the afternoon east Hood River. Another weather system swings through on Wednesday, giving the Gorge gusty westerlies in the upper teens to low twenties in the afternoon after a light wind start.

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

As for the rain, we got some sprinkles last night, and there are more sprinkles headed our way on the radar image. The precip model insists we’ll see a few tenths, but I’m not so sure now. Doesn’t look good. Very frustrating with the forests and trails so dry already. There is a chance we’ll see another round of sprinkles Wednesday and Thursday, but…

In events, it’s still national bike month, all month long, and tonight there’s a mellow road bike ride leaving Walgreens in Hood River at 5:30. Other rides this week include the women’s post and pinot mountain bike ride on Wednesday and the fast-paced post and pint ride on Thursday. Tomorrow night is triathlon practice at the Hood River Event Site, with a 500m swim, 7 mile ride, and 2 mile run. Also tomorrow, there’s pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 5:30.

In bike racing news, this Thursday is the first of the Short Track Race Series in Cascade Locks, so if you want to race mountain bikes close to home, this is your chance. The Cascade Chainbreaker this past weekend in Bend, was quite fun, btw. I think. I think it was fun… It might have just been really, really hard.

Finally, tomorrow is World Naked Gardening Day. I suggest you garden naked, if you have that option. Sadly, I do not.

Have an awesome day today!