5/18 Gorge Wind and Events

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 May 18, 2012

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Good morning,

It’s time for the summer sponsorships and the weekly (kinda weekly) giveaways on the email forecast. Your sponsor this week: Why choose Dirty Fingers Bike Repair and bar? Let’s start off with the convenient location on 13th and State with lots of FREE parking. That’s right: no meters. Talented bike mechanics. Great brands: Kona, Transition, Ellsworth, Moots, Cervelo.Bikes, schmikes. Dirty Fingers has beer. Yes, it’s the only combo beer-and-bike bar inthe world(?). Pints are $4, or $3 if you’re at Happy Hour from 5pm-6pm. Dirty Fingers.Years and years in the Gorge. Grand opening party Saturday night with food, music, beer and a watt bike competition. We’re giving away a free Full Monte bike tune. Support the report with a paypal donation of $10 or more if you’d like a chance to win!

If you like wind, get some today, and if you don’t like wind, breathe a sigh of relief, because the wind is going away for the weekend. The gradient as of the time of this report was .09/.09. Combine that with clouds all the way to Stevenson for another windy day. I’m actually surprised it isn’t windier this morning. Anyway, as it warms up today, we’ll have 24-27 at the Hatch and Doug’s by mid-morning, filling in pretty much everywhere at 22-25 this afternoon, and probably becoming a bit gusty as flow swings more northerly. For tomorrow and Sunday, we’ll have nearly no wind, but the wind will be back by Monday. Someone asked me yesterday about the current at Maryhill. I keep hearing that it’s very strong current with very little swell out there, but maybe people are misleading me and keeping it to themselves. It’s kinda like the biking report:

We have an update on Surveyor’s Ridge. I have three reports: one says it’s totally open. One says 10 trees down and a little snow, and one says 50 trees down and lots of snow. So, ride at your own risk. A non-risky ride is the 13-and-under gravity grom race at Hood River’s Skate Park tomorrow at 9am.
Free. All groms welcome.

Also tomorrow, there’s a Hatchery work party from 9am-noon and there’s a cleanup on the Lower Hood River from 10am to 1pm – meet at the Hood River pedestrian bridge for that one.

Coming up tomorrow night, Dirty Fingers Bike Repair celebrates their new shop with a party from 3-8 with food, music and a watt bike competition. Also tomorrow night, there’s a family friendly mountain bike ride at Cascade Locks’ easyclimb trail at 6pm, and finally, there’s 2nd Wind’s season opener party at the British Pub at 8pm. And one last thing, don’t miss out on Smudgepot, playing at Volcanic sometime after 8pm.

And then there’s the swap meet Sunday at Windfest and Victoria Day (eh) on Monday. I think, from what I hear, that Canadians celebrate Victoria Day by drinking Scorpion Bowls all weekend?

Have an awesome day today!


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