5/22 Gorge Wind and events and stuff

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 May 22, 2012

Fresh Fish in the Gorge

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 in the 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, then follow the directions in the report if you’d like a chance to win!

We’re in a winter-like weather patter with a low pressure system off the coast, so I’ll touch on the weather first. It looks pretty nice this morning, with clouds in the western Gorge and broken clouds in the east, but don’t worry: the rain will start falling again around 11am-noon, continuing through the afternoon. Watch for snow at 4000′ and higher today.

Anyway, the offshore low is going to swing across the state this afternoon. We’ll have west wind at 10-15 this morning, and then, as that low makes its move, we’ll see the wind pick up out of the west to 17-21 near Hood River and 23-26 further east. Wednesday starts off with 17-21 near Hood River, picking up to 22-25 or in the afternoon in the western Gorge and 28-32 out in the desert. Strong west wind continues Thursday, Friday, and Saturday..

Once again, we’re in National Safe Boating week, so you beer lovers, remember, drinking and boating just ain’t safe. And coming up tomorrow, NOAA suggests you listen to their marine forecast before you hit the water. Personally, I think you’d be safer reading Temira’s forecast, because NOAA’s forecast isn’t cutting it around here, but it’s up to you.

Coming up this week, the International Mountain Biking Association’s Trail Care Crew will be in Hood River to teach locals about trail building, trail stewardship and trail activism. The events kick off tomorrow night at the Hood River Fire Station at 6:30 with “Better living through trails” a sweeping talk, about the value of trails to a community. If you’ve ever had an argument with a county commissioner about why we should put money into trails, this one’s for you! Then on Thursday, it’s social hour with the TCC at Dirty Fingers and on Saturday, it’s trailbuilding school. Pack a lunch. It’s all free! For more information, visist hrats.org.

One last thing: last night I put together stoplight-style trail updates for all local trails and for Post Canyon. I’ll be adding the jump lines for Post today, and would appreciate any updates. Hope that helps y’all out.

Have an awesome day today!


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