5/15 Gorge wind, events, and blobs

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 May 15, 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.

I just looked at the radar image, and there’s a big green and blue blob headed our way. Oh please, blob, make it here. Please don’t dissipate before you reach Hood River. Our trails need the blob. My garden needs the blob. My soul needs the blob. Thank you, blob, for listening.

Speaking of trails, and bikes n’ stuff, not only is it national Bike to Work month, this is national bike to work Week, and Friday is national Bike to Work Day. So on Friday, swing by Doppio in Hood River or the North Shore Cafe in White Salmon between 7:30 and 8:30 and get a buck off your morning coffee. Also, post your commute photos on the Gorge Owned Facebook page and you could win cool prizes! BTW, Gorge Owned, I liked it better when you gave us free delicious treats for bike commuting!

In the wind forecast, it’s not an ideal setup for wind sports today, but it’ll be plenty windy for you Johnnies and Betties. As a frontal system swings through early this afternoon, we’ll see the westerlies pick up to 15-18 under low clouds in the western Gorge and upper valleys (note that, road bikers) with gusty 25-29 from Lyle east to Arlington this afternoon. Preemptive driving around 1pm would increase your water time. High pressure rebuilds tomorrow giving us westerlies at 0-10 early and 13-15 in the afternoon. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all look windy.

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

It’s a Canadian holiday this weekend, so all that wind should make the northerners happy, eh? In Canada’s honor, you should visit Jack’s and drink Scorpion Bowls, and you should attend the multi-sport swap meet at Windance starting at 7am on Sunday. Also this weekend, there’s Gorge Cup Windsurfing races at the Event Site and the Carson to Stevenson Ridge run for you runners.

If that’s too far ahead, there’s plenty tonight: the women’s Post and Pinot ride, sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina, and pickup touch rugby at 3:30 at Henkle Middle School in White Salmon. Don’t forget the Post and Pint tomorrow and the Gorge Short Track Race Series in Cascade Locks (now, who did that scheduling? Bad!)

Have an awesome day today!