5/29 Gorge wind and events report.

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 May 29, 2012

Good morning,

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We’ll start off with clouds in the western Gorge again this morning, probably sticking around during the day. The west wind will keep blowing today. It’s 15-18ish and cloudy right now. By midday, it’ll pick up to 18-23 from Stevenson to The Dalles, picking up to 23-26 from Hood River to Arlington this afternoon. We’ll see gusty west wind tomorrow at 21-24 from Stevenson to The Dalles for much of the day. Models are all over the place for Wednesday, so I’m not even going to make a guess about the wind forecast.

For workout fun tomorrow, the Hood River Triathlon Club meets for their weekly tri practice at the east end of the Event Site at 6pm. Join them for a nice 500 yard swim, 7 mile bike, and 2.3 mile run. If you’re thinking about that swim portion, I’ll let you know that the Columbia is now at 57 degrees.

Coming up tomorrow for you mountain bike gals, the Girls Who Love Dirt have an all-women’s trail work party on Mitchell Ridge from 9am to noon. Meet at the Seven Streams Staging Area to help with a reroute of the old trail. On Wednesday, there’s a once-montly, family-friendly mountain bike party at Family Man starting at 5:30. Also on Wednesday, the Post and Pinot women’s mountain bike ride leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. On Thursday, join Dirty Fingers for the one-and-only Post and Pint ride, assuming it’s not mudded out like last week!First things first this morning is a Girls Who Love Dirt trail work party on Mitchell Ridge. If you’d like to join in, you must be a girl, to start, and you must love trails. Meet at 9am at Seven Streams staging area or wander on up to the trail and join in. We’ll have the tools. You bring the enthusiasm and perhaps some snacks to share. Wear gloves and long sleeves and long pants as there is EVILPOSIONOAK in the area.

After that, do what you want all day, but don’t forget about the Hood River Tri Clubs triathlon practice tonight at 6pm at the east end of the Event Site. Why? Because everyone needs to cram three sports into a 2 hour workout. Or does triathlon count as just-one-sport?

For today’s wind count on westerlies at 10-15 early from Stevenson all the way east to Arlington, picking up to 22-25 by mid-morning and holding for much of the day as high pressure sits off the coast. We’ll see west wind at 5-10 tomorrow morning, picking up to 13-15 in the afternoon. Thursday morning starts off with light wind, picking up out of the west into the low twenties in the afternoon, unless the traversing low slows down, in which case the wind won’t pick up.

Events for the rest of the week include Families at Family Man tomorrow evening at 5:30. Grab the kids and the bikes and come play in Post Canyon’s Family Man skills area. Or meet at the bottom of Seven Streams to ride up to Family Man and play. Also tomorrow, the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle on the White Salmon, sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina, and the Post and Pinot girls mountain bike ride at Dirty Fingers at 5:30.

If you don’t have plans for next Saturday, remember it’s Oregon State Parks day, with free day use and camping. Yes, that’s right. You can dispense with your Discover Pass or OSP pass or sno-park pass for just one day. Hooray!

Have an awesome day today!


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