It’s time for the summer sponsorships and the weekly (kinda weekly) giveaways on the email forecast. Your sponsor this week: 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!
First off this morning is a shoutout and congratulations to Tonia Farman, director of the local charity Athletes for Cancer. She just won Self Magazine’s Women Doing Good award for 2012. If you’d like to learn more about her charity, check out kb4c.org, and once again, congratulations Tonia, and thanks for doing such great work!
Next is the wind forecast, or actually, the not-much-wind forecast. There’s just enough gradient this morning and just enough high off the coast to support 13-15 in the Central Gorge today. Tomorrow starts off light, but as a low pressure system swings through, bringing clouds, we’ll see gusty 17-21 in the afternoon. On Monday, we’ll see more gusty west wind coupled with (gasp) rain. The first few days of next week continue with the cool, showery pattern.
In mountain bike news, there are more trails open: someone cut out all the trees that had fallen on Surveyor’s, but there’s still some snow on the section that parallels the road. You might want to skip that mile or two. Knebal is open, the Da Kine trail is open, but Bottle Prarie has some snow and about 10 downed trees.
In road news, Lost Lake Road is plowed and open as of yesterday, so head on up there for some fishing and great views, or just for the sufferfest of road rides, with no loop option at this time. The resort is not open, but will open next weekend.
In fun s**t news today, there’s a kids fishing clinic from 8am-1pm at Middle Fork Pond in Parkdale. There’s a river cleanup on the Lower Hood at 10am, meeting at the Lower Hood pedestrian bridge. There’s a Hatchery wok party from 9-noon at, duh, the Hatchery, and there’s the Grom Bomb Gravity mountain bike race for kids at the Hood River Skate Park from 9am-noon.
Coming up tonight, the Dirty fingers grand opening party from 3-8 and the 2nd Wind season opener party starting at 8pm at the British Pub. Also tonight, Smudgepot, composed of cool people from Meadows and elsewhere, plays at Volcanic Bottle Shop sometime after 8.
Don’t drink too much, as there’s a swap meet at Windance tomorrow.
Have an awesome day today!
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