5/20 Gorge wind, rain, and upcoming events

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 May 20, 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 the wind forecast, we’ll see light wind this morning, picking up to west wind at 10-15 this afternoon. The weather will change a lot tomorrow, as a strong low pressure system swings across the state, giving us west wind at 21-24 early, picking up to 30-35+ in the afternoon east of Mosier. We’ll see another round of strong, gusty west wind on Wednesday, and then lighter west wind on Thursday.

We’ll also see periods of rain Tuesday-Friday, with the snow level staying between 3000 and 5000′ Tuesday through Thursday. Over the course of the week, there’s 2-3” water value headed to the mountains! That should end the dusty mess on the 44 Road trails. Down here in the Gorge, we’ll start with tomorrow: showers early, best chance of dry weather later in the day.

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

In fun events over the next few days, you can do ride around the Gorge tonight. It’s a no-drop paced road bike ride that starts at 5:30. Sounds like they haven’t set a meet spot yet, but you can visit the Columbia Gorge Triathlon Club page on Facebook for more information, hopefully. Speaking of the triathlon crowd, they’ll be doing their Tuesday night Triathlon practice at the east end of the Event Site tomorrow night at 6pm. This past Sunday, they were preparing for an Ironman race by doing three laps to Rowena and back and three runs. Those folks are tough.

Speaking of tough, according to Ranger Jimmy T, Lake Branch Road is now open, making the Three Summits Ride a go: Park at Dee. Ride up Lake Branch to Lost Lake. Ride down to Lolo Pass Road. Ride over Vista Ridge/Red Hill to Parkdale. Ride to Cooper Spur Ski Resort. Ride back to Dee. 70 miles. 8000′ of climbing. Enjoy.

In other news, there’s pickup touch rugby tomorrow night at 5pm at the Hood River Marina. Then on Wednesday night, there’s rugby at Henkle Middle School at 3:30, there’s the women’s mountain bike ride out of Dirty Fingers at 5:30, and there’s sailboat racing at 6pm. Don’t forget about the Gorge Short Track Race series in Cascade Locks on Thursday night. We had 70 racers last week, but we could use some spectators!

Finally, this upcoming weekend is the Oregon Enduro race in Post Canyon. The dirt, if the forecast holds, should be great. More importantly, along with the race there’s the prom at Dirty Fingers. Get dressed in your finest and show up. 5 o’clock on Saturday. Speaking of… enough forecasting… I have to get back to my sewing project!

Have an awesome day today!