5/30 Gorge wind, upcoming bike rides, and Jimmy T’s radness

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 May 30, 2013

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Good morning,

There’s a new thing going in the Gorge: Wind not right to surf or kite? Stand up paddle and do it right! New Gorge Non-profit Club– the Gorge SUPer Club, Inc. is now offering season memberships for families and adults. Variety of boards brought to the *Site of the Day* each day starting June 21. No more lugging your gear around. Let the SUP Club do the work! All equipment provided for one low membership fee. No rentals. Members only. For complete details, email the SUP club or phone 541-8zero6-26one2.

Looking out my window this morning, I saw glassy conditions. Then I looked at my computer, and I saw wind. It’s just west of what I can see from my window: It was 19 at the Hatchery and zero at the Hook. The Gorge is a funny place.

Speaking of funny places, there’s high pressure off the coast of California today, and that will drive Gorge wind. Since it’s 19 at the Hatch as I write this, let’s call it gusty 17-21 at the Hatch and a bit less in Hood River today, with a slow build to steadier 23-26 from Lyle to Arlington by early afternoon, holding through evening.

Tomorrow sees high pressure move inland, but there should still be enough gradient for 13-16 from Stevenson to Hood River in the morning and from Hood River to The Dalles in the afternoon. Tomorrow looks sunny, a nice change from constant rain and drizzle.

Saturday was looking windy, but a delay in the arrival of the next weather system has the wind looking lighter: glassy in the morning and 10-13 late in the day. Sunday could go either way at this point, windy or not windy, but the coast looks very windy both Sunday and Monday, with a currently predicted 3′ swell.

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

This evening is bike night, kinda. Normally you could ride the Post n’ Pint, but it’s canceled due to sloppy conditions in Post Canyon. That means you should stay out of Post too, to avoid doing damages. You can head to Cascade Locks, where the fast-draining trail system hosts the third race in the Short Track Series. Races start at 5:30.

Coming up Saturday, join Ranger Jim Thornton and the 44 Trails Association at 9am at Little John for a 44 Road trails work party. After you build trail, head to Dirty Fingers from 3-6 for a 44 Trails Fundraiser and to learn about Jim’s big plans for new trails up there. His plans are nothing short of awesome, and I won’t steal his thunder by exposing them ahead of time. Show up, donate, and buy some beer, because proceeds go to the 44TA.

Saturday is also the ribbon-cutting for the White Salmon Bike Park. The fun starts at 2, with free coaching and free bike tuneups brought to you by Discover Bikes. Then on Sunday, it’s the Gorge-us Gals ride in The Dalles, benefiting HAVEN, providing services and shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Have an awesome day today!